Discussion Seminar: Creative practice, activism and place-identities: exploring the spatialities of cultural activism

On 4 September 2012 we held our international project seminar.  Dr. Paul Routledge (University of Glasgow) gave the keynote speech where he argued for an activist ethnography; a research strategy that involves direct political engagement with communities.  His presentation was followed by three main sessions of short papers followed by discussion and wrap-up.  Over 60 participants and attendees came to the event to debate and discuss creative activism including the role of the university and the so-called ‘activist-scholar’ in environmental and socially-engaged projects. Broadly, the seminar aim was to strengthen interdisciplinary exchange and generate enthusiasm for a new research agenda around the notion of cultural activism in communities.  Our hope is to take this forward through subsequent collaborative action research projects.