Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre – CASIC is pleased to announce its second exciting Summer School which will be taking place in central England at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (7th of June) and Keele University (8-9th of June, 2018).
The Summer School will enlighten, inspire and guide ECRs and students at all stages of scholarly or professional doctorates. It will include the opportunity to experience and work with our interactive digital environment, The Health Cinema and each day will be packed with hands-on sessions addressing six broad topics:
Knowledge co-design and co-production
Somatic practice, motion capture and VR technology
Collaborative creative analysis
Speakers and facilitators include:
• Professor Mihaela Kelemen – CASIC Director, Keele Management School
• Sue Moffat – Director of New Vic Borderlines, New Vic Theatre
• Véronique Jochum, Head of Research, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
• Dr. Helen Kara, independent researcher and author of Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide.
• Dr Ceri Morgan – English and Creative Writing, School of Humanities, Keele University
• Professor Rajmil Fischman – Music and Music Technology, School of Humanities, Keele University
• Dr. Lisa Dikomitis, School of Medicine and iPCHS, Keele University
• Anna Macdonald, Dance Artist, Manchester Metropolitan University
• Will Brearley, Music and Music Technology, School of Humanities, Keele University
• Tom Pardoe, School of Pharmacy, Keele University
• Dr. Emma Surman, Keele Management School
• Dr. Lindsay Hamilton, Keele Management School
The full programme can be viewed here.
We are offering an early bird price of £260 for bookings received and paid by 30th April. After that date the price will be £300. The cost includes refreshments and lunches and a complimentary copy of Dr Kara’s book on Creative research methods.
For further information contact Liz Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
To see testimonials from the 2017 cohort click here
Please follow #CRMSS18 on Twitter for pre-event updates.
(Reposted from CASIC website: https://www.keele.ac.uk/casic/summerschool2018/
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We’re always really keen to get student feedback about our programmes – whether that’s more formally via your student reps and our regular Student Voice meetings, or through speaking to staff members about issues. Your thoughts do make a big difference to what we do on both the Media, Communication and Culture and Film Studies programmes – so please makes sure you keep on feeding your thoughts back to your reps and to us. For instance, last year we made the following changes in response to issues raised by our student community:
|You said…||And we …|
|… that you would like the marking criteria to be clearer in advance||… have incorporated assessment sessions on most of our modules which include attending to marking criteria. This is also available in handbooks and on the KLE. Film and Media are piloting a reflexive feedback scheme which will encourage you to take active approaches in understanding criteria and identifying how your work and feedback relates to this criteria|
|… You would like feedback to be more timely
|… are making feedback deadlines clear to you by adding dates for this in assessment papers and calendars which will be available to you. Feedback will always be available in the three week period (excluding holidays) although this does not always include the module mark. So that you can make better sense of feedback, we have developed a feedback glossary which we will make available to you this year.|
|… You would like to feel part of a community||…have introduced a social programme with two events a semester as well as a Screening programme. We have also introduced Crewing to our practical ISP module so you can work across levels.|
|…would like to know how student’s feedback has been acted upon||…have made more effort to get your feedback by introducing a wider range of methods to notify you of opportunities to give feedback. For example, we are advertising the Student Voice meeting more widely and asking for comments via our feedback box. Following these meetings we will send a You said …we did style report. We will adopt a similar approach to module feedback at the end of each Semester.|
|…would like advice to be available at the time of making module choices||…will make our module choice meetings at the end of the first and second year compulsory and advertise the opportunity to speak to module tutors more widely.|
Would you like to improve your grades or maintain high grades? Improve your academic reading & writing? Feel confident to meet the challenges of Y2/Y3? Or find a safe place to ask questions, like ‘What does, “be more analytical/critical/evaluative” mean?’
Then join the free six-week course of workshops Developing Academic Practices for Level 5 students! It runs every Thursday 5:15pm-7:00pm starting tomorrow, 1st February!
Click here to apply to join: http://tinyurl.com/KeeleDAPL5
These workshops are managed by Student Services. Any issues: e-mail us at email@example.com
In February there’s a fantastic event for any students interested in film-making and sound. Our colleague Dr Fiorella Montero-Diaz has organised a film-screening of They Will Have to Kill Us first, followed by a Q&A with directors. This will be a really good chance for students to have the opportunity to speak with directors about the challenges of representing an important and complex cultural story.
Further information and registration details can be found here.
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This week Dr Deirdre McKay and I wrote a short piece for the Conversation about what we learned from a series of creative workshops with members of the public, which were focused on issues surrounding waste plastic – an issue gaining increasing levels of media attention.
The launch of Blue Planet II in October 2017 was notable not only for its spectacular imagery, but in making a longstanding environmental issue the focus of public attention: the problem of plastic waste. Since the documentary was screened, over 500 newspaper articles have been published that refer to the series’ dramatic depictions of sea creatures entangled in ocean-borne plastic. These stories include everything from regional newspapers that propose local bans on plastic straws, to national news columns that point to Blue Planet II as evidence of heightened public concern with waste. Even the documentary’s production team noted their horror about the waste plastics they encountered, with the crew describing how they ‘collected every piece of plastic they came across while filming’.
Human activities in places like the UK can affect animals in some of the most isolated parts of the world. However, the lives and deaths of these animals are often invisible. In order to overcome this problem a number of academics have argued for the importance of telling stories – like those in Blue Planet – that help to make the lives of species that are near-extinction more visible. These stories can help us to understand the consequences of issues such as plastic waste, and recognise what could be lost if these problems continue. For instance, there has been growing concern with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a collection of plastic waste the size of Texas that has gathered in one of the most isolated parts of the Pacific Ocean. Thom van Dooren’s work has described how young birds who live amongst this waste often die because their stomachs are so full of plastic that they cannot eat or drink enough to survive. This point is brought home by Chris Jordan’s haunting images of albatross skeletons filled with colourful bottle-tops, cigarette lighters and other such debris that led to their death.
All of this media attention and academic work has been enhanced by a number of social media awareness-raising campaigns and online petitions that lobby for change. However, banning plastic raises some complicated political issues and it is easy to feel helpless about how to tackle such a complex environmental problem. In our own research, therefore, we felt that it was important not just to tell people about the problem of plastic or to make its effects visible, but work with members of the local community to explore possible solutions.
For instance, during November last year, I was involved in some workshops as part of the Being Human festival. Facilitated by Dr Deirdre McKay, the workshops encouraged people to ‘play with plastic’ in order to gain a sense of the environmental issues it poses. In addition to craft-making activities with local artists, in the first workshop I presented research by scholars in the Environmental Humanities that links plastic pollution to the extinction of species such as albatrosses. In the second workshop, Dr Ceri Morgan engaged in more participatory modes of storytelling – where people composed their own stories about the role of plastic in everyday life. The below images offer some examples of what people created in the workshops.
The piece in the Conversation includes further reflections on what we’ve learned from these workshops, here.
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