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2013 Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory Summer Symposium



Promoting Collaborative Skills Development by Engaging Local Communities

An Interdisciplinary Symposium in Collaboration with the Fulbright Commission and Butetown History & Arts Centre

Bute Town Hiistory and Arts CentreThursday 6th June 2013
9.00 a.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Butetown History & Arts Centre
4, Dock Chambers,
Cardiff, CF10 5AG

Registration Form [PDF]

Registration Form [WORD]

Plenary Speakers

Symposium Schedule

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory is currently running a student-led, AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Development Project. This involves a programme of training activities, held in collaboration with Butetown History & Arts Centre, a multi-ethnic community-based charity in Cardiff Bay. The Collaborative Skills Development project seeks to build new skills related to the impact and engagement agendas among members of the up and coming generation of PhD students and Early Career Researchers. Its primary aim is to train researchers in how to make engagement and impact central to their activities. This symposium will enable participants to reflect on issues related to public engagement.

The theme of the symposium is “Engaged Research.” The symposium will address the following questions:

  1. What is community engagement?
  2. What is the responsibility of researchers to local communities?
  3. By what means is authentic community engagement actualised?

The “Engaged” symposium is an opportunity for post-graduate students to share their work-in-progress and discuss issues with leading international scholars. Doctoral students will examine their experience of community-based research and public engagement. This might include ethical, cultural, ideological, and identity implications, as well as how their work impacts on the communities in question. Seasoned scholars will share novel ideas in the field of community engagement and offer concrete examples to further develop skills.

Morning and afternoon sessions will feature invited U.S. / U.K. speakers and panels of doctoral students. Each panel session will begin with the presenters’ short (10-15 minute) presentation of an applied community engagement skill, after which the floor will be open for comments, queries and further contributions. The format will be participatory and interdisciplinary. The symposium will close with a Skype Keynote address from a noted U.S. scholar in the field of graduate education.

Lunch will be provided. Please Register by 30 May 2013. A registration form will available be on the School of English Communication and Philosophy website from 3 May 2013. The cost of attendance including lunch and refreshments is £15.  Cardiff students should ask their home departments about institutional funding.

Please click here to download the Symposium Schedule