What’s happening at the 2017 conference

The following provides a flavour for some of the events at the 2017 conference. The full programme can be accessed and downloaded here: Programme Public Engagement & Performance 2017

Day one Friday 17th March: 2pm-10pm Light refreshments, mouth-watering cake and registration: Harris Conference Suite
2.30pm Welcome & Introductory Address
3.00pm Workshop & Key notes

Delia MuirDelia Muir, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, University of Leeds: ‘Lost in Memories’ theatre project workshop. The ‘Lost in Memories’ theatre performance draws on research and testimony about dementia and caring. It was developed collaboratively by theatre makers, researchers, patients and carers. During this interactive workshop, participants will have the chance to work with data from the project and consider how to turn carer testimonies into a live performance.


Kim Etherington, Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol ‘Creativity and Research: how do they go together?’ This presentation will explore: what we mean by creativity; the conditions that support creativity and work against it; how we can achieve those conditions; what research has said about the characteristics of creative people and how all of that might inform research training.

6 pm: Conference Dinner (cost included in registration): Private dinning room

7 pm: Evening performances & films:

The Sarajevo Derby Directed by Joel Rockwood

We Crossed The Tamar by Kitrina Douglas & David Carless


The Betrayal Directed by Susan Young

A Friend to Circles & Class Pal Directed by Melanie Hani





Day two Saturday 18th March

Refreshments will be available at 9:30 and 11am and lunch will be served at approximately 1pm

Conference papers & session begin at 10am. The following is a taster of the diverse submissions

Sarah Meaney, Maynooth University, Ireland. Dropped Out or Pushed Out?’ Uses creative research methods to explore early school leavers’ experience of school exclusion and oppression. Sarah will be presenting filmed snapshots of this research in its dramatic and poetic form.

Oliver Langdon, Co-director, Kilter
David Owen, Project Manager, University of Bristol

Invincible is a science-Theatre production from synthetic biology centre BrisSynBio. The play reveals the personal and societal conflicts that sit alongside this emerging field of science, immersing audience members in how this new area of science may permeate our culture, opening up new and challenging choices. In this presentation we share a short video providing a taste of the performance, some of the challenges, motives and opportunities that the work presented and invite delegates to reflect on and critique the approaches used.

Dr Maxine Horne, Six Degrees Social Enterprise / University of Salford. Roots to Engagement: meeting carers of people living with dementia on Facebook at Slimming World and a Bat ‘n’ Chat.  

Six Degrees are developing a new approach to communicating with people living with dementia (PLWD), we propose a new way of thinking about communication that can reduce frustration and we offer a supportive, reflective space where attendees can work through the difficult feelings that being around dementia can bring up.

Matthew Staples, Leeds Beckett University, Supply Agency: An Autoethnography. This paper is part of my PhD which explores the motivations, opportunities, barriers, and realities of disabled Physical Education (PE) teachers working in the profession through storytelling. In doing so, this will perhaps challenge the assumptions and ideologies surrounding disability and impairment within PE for many practitioners. In this presentation I use autoethnography to focus on my own experience in trying to gain employment as a supply PE teacher, with a mental health impairment, as a fully qualified PE teacher.

Tim Buescher & Tracey Pallet, University of Hull, Charting Collaborative Explorations of Compulsive Hoarding. As a result of spending over a year together exploring our experiences of compulsive hoarding, the problems it presents and the difficulty in finding answers, we present a paper based on our experience of compulsive hoarding and its effects on families as part of Tim’s thesis.

Isabelle van der Bom, Sheffield Hallam University, Wallpaper a work of fiction told through videogame technology. This paper reflects on engaging the public with research by exploring a series of public engagement events that were organised as part of a AHRC-funded Reading Digital Fiction (RDF) project (Ref: AH/K004174/1), which aims to raise public awareness of and engagement with digital fiction by: introducing readers to digital fiction, disseminating digital fiction research, and by producing empirical analyses of how readers engage with digital fiction.

Jana Wendler, University of Manchester: Downpour – street games in climate engagement Imagine: it hasn\’t stopped raining in days and the river banks are collapsing. The risk of flooding is imminent. You and your team of experts have been sent to take immediate action and avert future crises. Can you save the city? 


Philip Kerrigan, University of York: ALIVE: Art between Life and Science. This is a initiative that paired academics from the University of York with artists.The scheme led to the creation of many engaging new works of art which are currently being shown at York Art Gallery at an exhibition entitled \’ALIVE: Art Between Life and Science\’.


This Artist in Residence Scheme was funded by the University\’s Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, an interdepartmental virtual research centre co-funded by the University and the Wellcome Trust under an Institutional Strategic Support Fund award.

3:00pm round table with artists, performers and film makers

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