Friday 18th March: Day one

The clinic/workshop will provide an opportunity for us, as a group, to explore and discuss a variety of issues that are raised by presenters.  We draw on, and are guided by, the expertise of our panel members but also want to recognise and encourage delegates who are not presenting in this session to share their experiences and expertise. Among the topics discussed last year were, ethical challenges in performative research; practical solutions to public engagement challenges; questions relating to specific projects and their development; concerns relating to different communication and dissemination strategies including arts-based and performative methodologies.
Researchers who presented in this session last year were those who were seeking advice on ‘what to do next’ how to take a project forward. This participation route is ideal for scholars new to public engagement and performance who would like to develop potential ways of disseminating their work and would value a supportive environment in which to discuss issues.

We hope to allow around two-three submission to this clinic/workshop session. These presentations, while supporting the individual presenters, are also used as ‘exemplars’ that stimulate group discussion.

Background information 

One of the problems many of us face – when attempting to create an autoethnography, or piece of research based poetry or story – is that it can feel a very solitary experience, as we step out and share we can also feel extremely vulnerable and exposed. This is especially so when we don’t profess to be an ‘expert’ in these methods and are attempting to use a new and unfamiliar  approach to explore our selves, research relationships, methods, and or data.


Too quickly, an off-hand comment, or someone poking fun, or giving an unkind comment, is enough to close down or damage the ‘first shoots’ of our creative endeavours.  For some of us, receiving  the wrong kind of feedback can also completely curtail our creativity. The wrong kind of feedback can also seed fears and doubts about working in more creative ways, and only increases self-consciousness and self-critisism – is it ‘good enough’?

Our aim, in this first session, to create a supportive environment where both presenters and delegates will feel comfortable to share their ideas, concerns, challenges – whatever they may be.

Guided by our experienced group of panelists/practitioners, Emeritus Professor Kim Etherington, Professor David Carless and Head of Drama, David LLewellyn, we hope to provide guided discussion on how to develop these approaches during a research project.

This clinic/workshop – while not exclusively restricted to students or novice autoethnographers/ performers – is primarily aimed at supporting individuals who are inexperienced and have, perhaps, never been able to publish or to perform their research based work. We also recognise, however, many of us work in departments where there is little expertise, support or sometimes interest in this type of work, therefore if you feel this session would be helpful please submit your work even if you are an more established academic. We also hope that just coming along, asking questions and listening will be inspirational and motivational.