A day-long seminar hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds reflecting on learning, opportunities and challenges regarding the relationship between participatory arts and international development. The seminar features an international, interdisciplinary mix of panels with distinguished academics, policy makers, artists and practitioners from across the world. Funded by the AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund.

Details of speakers and panels coming soon.

Liberty Building Lecture Theatre (LG.06), Belle Vue Road, The University of Leeds, LS2 9JT
Tuesday 14 November | 09:15 - 16:00


09.15   Tea/Coffee and Registration

09.30   Welcome: Voicing Hidden Histories and Changing the Story

Prof. Paul Cooke


Making activist theatre and film with the Chhara communities of India

Dakxin Bajrange, Budhan Theatre & Prof. Will Gould, University of Leeds

Beyond victims and perpetrators: New approaches to remembering Cambodia’s genocide

Dr. Peter Manning, University of Bath

Sumak Kawsay and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Critical Debates and Creative Responses from a Latin American Indigenous Perspective

Dr. Thea Pitman, University of Leeds & Prof. Matthew Brown, University of Bristol

When Elvis Dances: Activating Community Knowledge through digital storytelling and 'immersive' technologies in Santiago, Chile

Dr. Simon Popple, University of Leeds

11.15   Comfort Break


Promoting Emancipatory Education: A Brazilian Perspective

Viviana Santiago, Plan Brasil

Using Cultural Forms for Dialogic Purposes

Dr. Ananda Breed, University of East London & David Wald, University of Rwanda

Masibambisane (Let’s hold together): Using film and participatory arts to facilitate youth leadership in Ekurhuleni 

Sinethemba Makanya, THEMBA Interactive & Daniela Wegrostek, University of Leeds

Against the Grain: Actors, Potentials and Challenges of arts-based work with young people in Kosovo today

Dr. Nita Luci, University of Prishtina & Dr. Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Bournemouth University

13.05   Lunch


The Sustainable Development Goals: how complicated can it be?

Martin Keat, Bishop Simeon Trust

Beyond Imaginary Development: Toward an Emancipatory Framework

Simon Dancey, British Council & Emily Morrison, British Council

Engaging the SDGs – The Role of Universities and National Human Rights Institutions

 Prof. André Keet, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University & Prof. Stuart Taberner, University of Leeds

Peace in a Small Scale: Colombia and the Social Imagination of the Future

Prof. Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, Universidad de los Andes

15.40   Closing remarks

16.00   END



*This is a draft programme and is subject to change.