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13:00 - 14:00 4 July 2018

Embracing the Mosaic: Crafting Collaborative Arts-based Research for Critical Resilience


TCRU Library
27-28 Woburn Square | United Kingdom

Open to: Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Dr Helen Johnson

A mosaic brings together fragments from different sources, crafting them into a whole object. Mosaics do not seek to hide the points of disconnect between these fragments, but use them to create things of beauty which embrace new meanings and a new utility. This analogy aptly encapsulates the participatory, arts-based research method of ‘collaborative poetics.’

In collaborative poetics, artists, academic researchers and community participants work together as a ‘research collective’ to produce creative texts. Dr Helen Johnson tells the story of collaborative poetics; its roots, shoots, ideology and methods. In the process, she speaks to the concept of ‘critical resilience,’ which emphasises the need to balance the nurturing of individual resilience with a social justice model, which challenges the conditions that create a need for such resilience in the first place.


Alice Negbenose


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