IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


We are Movers: Participatory methods and institutional activism

10 October 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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As part of CSEE's Feminism, Gender and Sexuality series, this seminar reflects on the We are Movers project at UCL and addresses questions raised through the participatory arts-based process.

This event is free.

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Jenny Parkes


Room 901
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

We are Movers is the second project developed by the Working Group on Education in the Refugee in a Moving World network. The group is UCL-wide and campaigns for the university to support education for migrants and refugees.

In their first project, funded by the UCL Grand Challenges scheme, the group developed a short pilot course in collaboration with women from the Helen Bamber Foundation and Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network. Their second project, funded by the UCL Beacon Bursary initiative, aimed to produce and disseminate knowledge about gender, settlement and migration in collaboration with women from the previous course.

The group ran three sessions using participatory arts-based approaches to facilitate discussion. The artworks produced were exhibited at the Migration Museum, in UCL Cloisters, and one image is currently on view on the 4th floor of the IOE.

The project has been a great success. However, the participatory approach, combined with limited time and funds to bring together a large group of participants from within and outside UCL, raised a number of questions. In this seminar, the following will be explored: 

  • What are the productivities and tensions of a participatory project within an ongoing institutional activist campaign?
  • What are the project’s questions and/or objectives and who defines these? 
  • Who is being addressed in the project?
  • Whose voices are given a place in the project?
  • Are the voices fragmented or complementary?