This workshop will explore the use of fantasy as a point of engagement and impact, aiming to provide practical skills as well as increased knowledge of current projects. Participants will pursue in-depth investigations of fantasy and community impact, fantasy and digital engagement, and fantasy and teaching in both the educational and the public spheres. Workshop sessions will include presentations of current projects, discussion of strategies, and training in problem-solving using focused small-group work and feedback from the presenters listed below.
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM: Meet at the Parkinson Building Reception (60 on the campus map)
The rest of the workshop will be held in Baines Wing (58 on the campus map) Room 4.12.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Registration and Coffee
10:30 AM -12:30 AM: Community Engagement Workshop Session
Laura Anderson: Curious Encounters: Organising Public Engagement Activities Across Disciplines
Dr Laura Anderson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Music at the University of Leeds. She is part of the AHRC-funded project team investigating the career and output of film composer Trevor Jones (known for his work on ‘The Dark Crystal’ and ‘Labyrinth’, in addition to numerous other films). Her doctoral research focused on Jean Cocteau’s engagement with music and sound in films (examples include ‘La Belle et la bête’ and ‘Orphée’) and her broad research interests include film music, film sound design and French music. She teaches on a number of modules within the school and supervises undergraduate research projects in the area of film music. Laura has been involved with the development of the public engagement project ‘Curious Encounters with objects from past, present, and future’, which showcased the work of several researchers in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts, and Communication and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds.
Cath Heinemeyer: Telling Tales with Teenagers: Stories from the Front Line
Cath Heinemeyer is a storyteller and educator, currently undertaking practice-based PhD research into storytelling with adolescents at York St John University and York Theatre Royal (with an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award). She leads storytelling workshops in secondary schools, youth clubs and mental health settings, often working with groups of vulnerable young people over the longer term. Her background is in environmental education, youth work and education policy. She is particularly interested in storytelling as an approach to community development, and in giving voice to young people’s perspectives. You can follow Cath on Twitter @CHeinemeyer.
12:30 AM – 1:15 PM LUNCH
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Digital Engagement Workshop Session
Sarah Copeland: Community Digital Storytelling: Engendering Activism through Narrative
Dr. Sarah Copeland works at the Centre for Educational Development (University of Bradford) as an Educational Developer (Technology Enhanced Learning). She has worked with developing eLearning programmes and projects for over twenty years, including in industry, formal learning organisations and with community learning groups. For her doctoral research, Sarah developed the Community Digital Storytelling method to engage citizens of shared communities of place in informal learning and activism. Digital Storytelling from this community of place perspective acts as a problem-solving strategy to identify, discuss and action issues of social justice and political empowerment. You can follow Sarah on Twitter @XarahC.
Heather Robbins: Folklore, Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Facebook
Heather Robbins is the Research Assistant at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy at the University of Chichester (founded by Prof. Bill Gray). Heather manages the Centre’s events – public lectures, conferences, symposiums, exhibitions – and social media presence. She also produces the Centre’s bi-monthly newsletter and the biannual journal of folklore, fairy tales and fantasy, Gramarye. Previously she worked as Commissioning Editor and Head of Sales at local history publisher Phillimore, where she designed, edited and marketed bespoke history books. She received her Masters in Modern Languages from Manchester University in 2007, and now runs an open-to-all French conversation club in Chichester, is co-host of a local creative writing group and creates customised portrait cards as an online business. She has two little children who never let her sleep. You can follow the Sussex Centre on Twitter @SussexCentreFFF.
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Pedagogical Engagement Workshop Session
Xavier Aldana Reyes: Gothic Pedagogies: Challenges, Strategies and Design of Modern and Contemporary Gothic Units
Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes is Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he teaches literature and film across the BA and MA curricula. His expertise is in Gothic and Horror Studies and he has, thus far, co-designed and/or redesigned three Gothic units: Gothic and Gender (year 2), Modern Gothic (year 3) and Gothic and Modernity (MA). Xavier has a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has previously run workshops on the Gothic and pedagogy (HEA conference 2014) and is currently writing a chapter on ‘Teaching the Contemporary Gothic’ for a collection on C21 genre teaching (Palgrave Macmillan). He is the author of Body Gothic: Corporeal Transgression in Contemporary Literature and Horror Film(UWP, 2014) and the co-editor of Digital Horror (I.B. Tauris, 2015). His articles have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as Gothic Studies and Horror Studies. Xavier’s public engagement work has incorporated a wide range of media dialogues and the establishment of an extensive shared network around Gothic discourses, involving both academic groups and the wider community. [An abstract of Xavier’s session is available here.] You can follow Xavier on Twitter @XAldanaReyes.
Peter Stevenson: Teaching Visual Storytelling and Creative Performance
Peter Stevenson’s professional creative expertise includes visual art, music, writing and storytelling. He has designed and taught modules for Kingston Art College on how creative processes of visual art and creative writing, word and image can be woven together to create both storytelling performance and illustrated books. Peter also organises the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival in collaboration with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. In addition to his creative work, his postgraduate research investigated research folk drama and folk tale at the Institute for Dialect and Folklife Studies (Leeds University) and he has recently completed a two year project to collect the Ceredigion Folk Tales for the History Press. Peter will be giving a keynote lecture at the main Tales Beyond Borders Conference (24th April, 2015).
5:30 PM Workshop Finish
Further details and joining instructions will be circulated by email.