In a different session, attendees reflected on the relationships between creative methods and the social sciences and how to incorporate them in research. The workshop, run by the Visual and Embodied Methodologies (VEM) network together with the Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Methods Seminar Series, explored ways of incorporating creative methods into research design, together with considering the opportunities for activism/advocacy as well as influencing policy.
Music, writing, poetry workshops, art and film installations have been the tools used to raise levels of wellbeing and community healing amongst Brazilian migrant women, as well as helping to raise the visibility of gender-based violence. A testament to art being an empowering resource, delegates watched a performance of “I am a Brazilian woman’, delivered by six Brazilian women, all of whom had personally experienced levels of prejudice and abuse, both overt and inferred.
During the day, attendees heard how:
- participation in creative workshops has a positive effect on participants’ mental wellbeing
- the concept of “belonging” is key to understanding isolation and susceptibility to violence, as well as participants’ hope for liberation
- creative methods are useful in allowing participants to take on agency to reinterpret research material to co-produce their versions of their lived experiences in order to reach wider audience
- race was a key theme of the day with creative methods opening up new pathways for research while provoking difficult conversations in a manner that makes sharing more comfortable for all participants