[csaa-forum] CCR SEMINAR SERIES 08: Rachel Pain and Peter Hopkins - 26 June

Reena Dobson R.Dobson at uws.edu.au
Tue Jun 17 13:59:06 CST 2008


Apologies for cross-postings 

 Centre for Cultural Research

University of Western Sydney


invites all to attend

the CCR Seminar Series 2008



 Dr Rachel Pain (University of Durham, UK)




Dr Peter Hopkins (University of Newcastle, UK)


Date: Thursday, 26 June

Time: 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Venue: Gallery Floor, Female Orphan School (Building EZ), Parramatta

Afternoon tea and cakes provided 

RSVP: Jacqui Kingi j.kingi at uws.edu.au or 9685 9600

Apologies: Kay Anderson k.anderson at uws.edu.au   




Contact Zones and Transformatory Moments: Young Refugees, Interaction
and Participatory Art

Rachel Pain

This paper reflects on a participatory art project with young people of
black African and white British heritage in north east England. The
project involved young people working with art to explore their
emotional landscapes, and to develop and analyse new research themes. As
well as providing ground-up knowledge production and policy outcomes,
the project began to foster interactions between groups of young people
who lived close by but had rarely spoken to each other. The narrative
focuses on key moments in the facilitation of these interactions. I
discuss the importance of the materiality of art (the tools) within
participatory practices (the doing of it) in contributing to a space
where interactions might take place, emphasising a complex interplay
across/between actors, materials and space that frames encounters as
emergent, transitory, fragile and hopeful. As such, I address the knotty
potential for the movement of these new interactions to times and spaces
beyond the immediate participatory arena. The analysis thus allows us to
interrogate more closely how participation may (and may not) occur;
casts light on theorising 'real' issues regarding 'community cohesion'
in everyday lives; and in turn can make a contribution to policy in this




Ethical issues in research with asylum-seeking and refugee children and
young people

Peter Hopkins

This paper offers reflections on some of the ethical and methodological
issues involved in doing research with asylum-seeking and refugee
children and young people. Focusing upon issues of ethical approval and
research design, access and obtaining informed consent, privacy and
confidentiality and finally dissemination, I demonstrate the ways in
which conducting ethical research is often context dependant and varies
according to the particular situation, needs and experiences of the
children and young people involved. As such, although there are issues
that are key to the conduct of ethical research (e.g. minimisation of
harm), other issues are more malleable and flexible.




Dr Rachel Pain is a social geographer with research interests in fear,
violence and community safety; social exclusion and health; gender,
youth, old age and intergenerational relations; and qualitative and
participatory action research approaches. Her current research involves
analysing fear as a metanarrative in the war on terror, and she is
currently conducting a participatory action research project with Muslim
and white young people, the loose aims of which are to connect ideas
about fear and global relations with grounded accounts of the
insecurities arising from local contexts and identities in everyday


Dr Peter Hopkins' research interests centre upon critical social
geographies, although they also connect with debates within urban,
cultural and political geographies. More specifically, he is interested
in theoretical and empirical work about: social identities; youth
cultures; racism and society; immigration and asylum; and the
geographies of religion. His current research includes a focus on youth,
religion and identity, including projects with young Sikh men in
Scotland and exploring contemporary meanings of religion amongst
Scottish Christian youth.



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