Evening showcase

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                   ….as you’ve never seen it before?

The 2016 performance evening is open for submissions from the 1st September 2015. As in the previous year, we invite completed performances, these can be poems, stories, songs, talks, plays, films, documentaries, installations, please contact info@engageyork2015.org.uk if you have any questions. Performances should be submitted with a view to the evening being open to the public as well as for conference delegates. Performers will be required to register for the conference in order  for their work to included in the programme.

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We have an amazing evening shaping up with performers not only from across the UK but across the globe……, below a taster.


a spoken word and music performance on themes of climate psychology, with additional material responding to recent floods in Yorkshire.


“Off the Grid”

a film by Jonathan Taggart and Phillip Vannini 

Off the Grid is a film from Canadian documentary film makers presented by Phillip Vannini, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography and a Professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He is author/editor of ten books, including the recent Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada’s West Coast (Routledge, 2012).


The documentary was released in 2015 following two years of fieldwork conducted in every province and territory of Canada. The film documents the lifestyles of people who live off the grid. Produced alongside research written for an ethnographic book (Routledge, 2015).

“Sure Lines”

by Dr Mike Gallant is a multi-media installation first seen at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Conference in 2009. The 2015 performance includes words and images constructing experiences of ineffable moments of meeting and relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy. It’s a  drama charting the (un)sure line of a contact boundary and a journey of discovery.

“Grin Up North”
AIMG_1646 “Grin Up North” by Kate Fox asks what Northernness means now to performers and audiences. As the “Northern Powerhouse” notion gains ground, how can cultural responses reflect the actual views of people (and audiences) in the North? http://katefox.co.uk



Is part of the imove project exploring homelessness in Harrogate, this evening performers will showcase poems from the anthology.  For more information see:

Three reasons why is this event included

  1. Researchers can sometimes be accused of being inward focussed, of spending a great deal of time submitting research to scholarly journals but little time sharing research beyond the institutional border or across disciplines.
  2. In recent years more time and interest has been devoted to considering questions like: ‘how do we engage the public and policy makers?’ & ‘how to communicate more effectively?’
  3. The importance of embodied research, and the benefits of creative performative methodologies, have been written about in numerous journals and books, yet seldom are opportunities provided for academics to perform their work or to collaborate or to invite the public to participate.

The evening event, while being very much part of the conference, also takes an ‘outward focus’ and provides scholars  (for example, those who create research based work – poetic representations, film, documentaries, stories, ethnodrama, or songs )  with an opportunity to share their work with the public and the public an opportunity to access some of our innovative, challenging and creative research.

As examples of performances showcased in 2015


Drawn in Drawn Out One soldier’s journey from Afghanistan to civilian life

Drawn in Drawn out, is a play about a soldier returning from Afghanistan with a shattered identity and the prospect of  unemployment looming – he’s lost hope in life and living. Based on research undertaken by Leeds Beckett University at Battle Back Lilleshall, an intervention for injured sick and wounded soldiers, funded by the RBL. The play was nominated for the 2015 Norman Denzin Research Award, published in Qualitative Inquiry: Finding a Counter Story at an Inclusive, Adapted, Sport and Adventurous Training Course for Injured, Sick, and Wounded Soldiers (Douglas, K., & Carless, C. 2015).



Mathew & Me

Mathew & Me is a story about same sex attraction & transformation and explores experiences of desire and attraction between men in the contrasting cultures of sport and dance. Performed by David Carless