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Imaging Social Justice is a project exploring the interface between social science research and the arts through transnational collaborations around themes of social justice. Five early-career researchers based at King’s College London developed arts-based research projects in collaboration with colleagues in the arts.

The result is an interdisciplinary set of images, sounds, and text reflecting struggles of some of the most vulnerable populations around the world. The projects include photography, archive and exhibition-as-dialogue, music and song-making, body mapping and narrative, and video and audio.

At this launch event, the authors and artists will present and discuss how arts-based research can contribute to new forms of knowledge production and collaboration.

Introduction: Professor Rachel Kerr, Dr Jelke Boesten and Professor Cathy McIlwaine (Visual Embodied Methodologies Network)


  • Ivana Bevilacqua (PhD Researcher, Geography) - Puzzling: The Sensory Politics of Infrastructure
  • Mary Anna Vargas (PhD Researcher, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) - Making Song
  • Dr Andrea Espinoza (Visiting Research Associate, International Development) - Portraying indigenous women: Between endurance and resistance
  • Rosa Heimer (PhD Researcher, Geography) - Stitching bodies: Latin American survivors mapping coloniality
  • Dr Tiffany Fairey (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, War Studies) - The Home Stay Exhibitions


Professor Anna Reading, Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute & Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries,


Imaging Social Justice is an initiative of the King’s College London Visual and Embodied Research Methodologies Network (VEM) led by Jelke Boesten, Rachel Kerr and Cathy McIlwaine and which supports the work of PhD students and early career scholars. The project is generously funded with a King’s Together grant, and curated and hosted by the Arts Cabinet, an arts-based research platform that functions as a space to experiment with different forms of artistic knowledge production.