At CCSE, we began our conversations series in the autumn of 2020. The seed for these discussions was planted at our virtual conference in May 2020. This event – Festivals, Events & COVID19 – was an opportunity to explore and discuss the impacts of the pandemic across on aspects of arts and cultural praxis. At CCSE we were keen to find a way to continue these discussions, and to provide a platform for ongoing consideration and discussion of the ways in which the pandemic could and would change the ways that we approach and experience arts, culture, sports and aspects of travel and tourism that insect with the areas of interest for CCSE.

In the time that has elapsed since the conference and the launch of the conversations series, CCSE colleagues have organised and hosted a number of #CCSEConversations and our archive of discussions now includes contributions on a wide range of thought provoking topics. Most recently Prof Graham Jeffrey spoke to Tony Fegan from Dublin based Tallaght Community Arts about community arts during and after the pandemic. With Ryan Davidson and Rory Brows, doctoral researcher Irene Warner-Mackintosh looked at the challenges and changes needed to tackle digital inequality in and around Govan. She followed this up with a discussion of building digital skills to end homelessness alongside Jamie Trout and Zora Feesey.

Other #CCSEConversations include Drs Briony Sharp and Rebecca Finkel (QMU) talking about the shift to digital, social capital and events; Dr Stephen Collins talks with Collins Seymah Smith and Nii Quartey (Director and Project Officer at James Town Community Theatre Centre) about the genesis of James Town Community Theatre Centre and community based arts research in Accra, Ghana. Dr Sandro Carnicelli hosts several conversations discussing aspects of travel, tourism, mobilities and lesiure studies with some of the foremost experts in their respective fields. Dr Kalyan Bhandari discusses the impact of the – then still somewhat novel – COVID19 pandemic on the tourism industry in Nepal with Deepak Raj Joshi, the former CEO of the Nepalese Tourism Board.

We’ve created a #CCSEConversations archive on our webpage, presenting all of the conversations undertaken thus far in this series in one place. Take a look here. We hope you find something interesting, engaging and enjoyable to watch!