The first issue of the CCSE newsletter is out now, available to download as a pdf below.
The newsletter features a review of the first year of Centre activities, an overview of research, development, consultancy and knowledge exchange activities aligned to our four themes and, information on the CCSE research community and Steering Group.
We hope you enjoy the first issue and we invite you to share it with your contacts.
Last week the British Council published ‘The Art of Peace: the value of culture in post-conflict recovery’ as part of their Policy Insight series which is intended to further debate and understanding of the role of cultural relations in international affairs. The booklet is a summary document deriving from earlier work undertaken by CCSE which was commissioned on the basis of a successful response to a British Council tender opportunity. The full-length report ‘A Review of the Contribution of Arts and Culture to Global Security and Stability’ comprises a wide-ranging review of both academic and grey literature examining the ways in which arts and culture can be leveraged to address security, stability concerns and, feed into to processes of conflict resolution and reconciliation. In addition, 3 country case studies are discussed. These shed light on the practice-based approaches that have been utilised in the chosen settings (Rwanda, Columbia and Syria); here, we were able to draw upon the specific expertise and interests of two of the University’s doctoral researchers. Finally, we produced a mapping document, intended to function as a point of reference and insight into work ongoing globally in related areas.
This original report has been well received and we’ve been pleased to hear that it’s been widely distributed and positively impactful both within the British Council and across their network of colleagues, partners and collaborators. However, if we’re honest, we can also admit that the readership for this research is never likely to be particularly large. It is for this reason that we are very pleased that the British Council has produced ‘The Art of Peace’ which is presents a concise, accessible summary of our research work and situates it clearly within the context-framework of its own activities and remit.
This process is greatly beneficial, not only for us as researchers interested in ensuring an audience for our work; it also provides food for thought. For instance, what is the most appropriate way for us to package and present our work so that others might read, enjoy and engage with it (and, perhaps, with us)? And, what’s the most efficient and effective way for us to approach this conundrum? These questions are of significance for CCSE as co-production and partnership are very deliberate elements of our collaborative approach. These are questions that arise on a regular basis for us and, we’re always searching for ways to answer them. On this occasion, the British Council has highlighted one of the possible responses.
Professor David McGillivray spoke on Dublin City FM about the HERA funded FESTSPACE project launch.
FESTSPACE is a HERA-funded project which focuses on how festivals and events enable or restrict access to, and use of, public spaces, including the extent to which they might effectively host interactions and exchanges between people from different cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and socio-demographic backgrounds. It explores how festivals and events affect the inclusivity of Europe’s urban public spaces. With a focus on Western European cities (Glasgow, London, Dublin, Barcelona & Gothenburg) that are dealing with significant demographic changes arising from in-migration, the project seeks to contribute to closing research gaps, advancing theoretical and methodological approaches and, to create impact through close collaboration with influential academic and non-academic partners and stakeholders from across Europe. Over the next two years, the project will address three inter-related questions:
What different types of festive public space exists across Europe and what lessons can we learn about inclusivity from these models?
How do festivals and events affect who uses outdoor and indoor urban public spaces and how they interact within them?
What are the enduring effects on inclusivity of festivals and events staged in public spaces?
To launch FESTSPACE, we are hosting a day-long symposium comprising talks and facilitated discussions aimed at exploring some of the contemporary issues outlined above. Stakeholders from across the events, planning and participation spectrum are invited to participate in what we hope will be a day of insightful dialogue and debate.
View more information on the festivals, events and inclusive urban public spaces in Europe project on the HERA website.
Book onto the FESTSPACE symposium (Friday, 14 June 2019) and find out more on the CCSE Events page.