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Awkward Encounters: Consent in Practice-Research

Thursday 21 June, 6-9pm
Birkbeck, University of London (Location TBC)
Facilitated by Sarah Jury and Hamish MacPherson
Organised by Corkscrew Practice-Research Network (Birkbeck)

A peer-to-peer workshop for exchanging tactics, methods and concerns about negotiating consent in practice-research.

For students, postgraduates and academics who work with other people in the process of their research, and consider this part of their practice-research.

You might be involved in practicing Participatory Action Research, using ethnographic methods to observe or be carrying out participant observation. You might be writing about your experiences with other people in reflexive and anonymised ways. Or orchestrating scenarios in which other’s perform. Or listening to people on the bus.

Within academic research, ethics forms provide frameworks for considering the modes of informed consent needed before you embark on any contact with other human beings. This can be an important reflexive moment for really questioning if the rigmarole of involving others in your research is really worth it, but it can also interrupt otherwise quite common sense, intuitive encounters. What happens at the moment when informed consent is asked for and given or refused? There are perhaps awkward pauses as you stop the flow of a conversation to hand over an ethics form. This inevitably changes the dynamic of the encounter. What happens next?


About Sarah and Hamish:

Sarah Jury is a curator, critical writer, Nordic LARP workshop designer and educator. She is co-director of research and practice project space Res., Deptford and is part of Keep it Complex collective. Hamish MacPherson is a London-based artist who uses practices from choreography and dance to think about philosophy and politics. Hamish makes performances, installations, LARPs, workshops and other elements in artistic, academic and community contexts. Sarah and Hamish have designed three LARPs together (Feeling After Structure 2018, Alien Phenomenology 2017, Let’s Play PMQs 2017) and since 2017 have hosted a meet-up for people from across disciplines to discuss consent procedures in participatory performance.


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