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VEM+Exhibition: Art & Exclusions

This series presents the work of four artist/researchers collaborations; a poet, a visual artist, an actor and playwright, an animation artist, and four social scientists working on questions of exclusion, stigmatisation, marginalisation, conflict and violence from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy (SSPP). 

Through video, film, performance, poetry, photography, public events and participation the exhibition invites you to discover the work of social scientists and artists within and outside of King's who use visual, embodied and art-based methodologies in the study of sensitive issues.

The events are held in The Exchange, are free and open to all (unless stated)

About VEM+

These collaborations, held at the Inigo Rooms in July 2019, are part of the ‘VEM+’ project within the SSPP. Drawing on the emerging VEM Network (Visual, Embodied and Art-based Methodologies in the social sciences) at KCL, the VEM+ Collaborations is a cross-departmental project engaging artists and academics in an innovative dialogue about methodological practices in the arts and social sciences, moving beyond viewing culture as a site through which more standard social science research methods can be applied or as a means to illustrate social science research. Instead, these collaborations explore how visual, embodied and arts-based methodologies might transform research practices in social science , interrogating the potential of such methodologies to generate new, insightful and ultimately emancipatory knowledge for both the researcher and the researched, particularly in the study of sensitive issues.  


Drs Negar Elodie Behzadi, Jelke Boesten, Pablo de Orellana, Henry Redwood, Professor Cathy McIlwaine and Jayne Peake.  

Funding and Support 

  • Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, ‘Methodological Innovation Grant’, The Exchange and the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences , King's Culture Inigo Rooms.
  • Principle Investigators: Drs Jelke Boesten and Negar Elodie Behzadi (Department of International Development) 
  • Co-Investigators: Dr Rachel Kerr, Dr Pablo De Orellana, Dr Henry Redwood (Department of War Studies), Prof Cathy McIlwaine (Department of Geography). 
  • King's Gender Studies Network 
  • Social Justice Research Group, Department of International Development

Previous events in VEM+Exhibition: Art & Exclusions

1 Oct

Exhibition: Exploring Exclusions

01 October 2019, 12:00 to 7 November 2019, 18:00

This exhibition presents the work of four artist/researchers collaborations between a poet, a visual…

16 Oct

Book Launch: Playing the Villain

16 October 2019, 18:30 to 20:00

Prof. Vivienne Jabri will discuss with Dr Christiana Spens the contributions made in her book,…