Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice

Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice


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Going Public responds to the urgent need to expand current thinking on what it means to co-create and to actively involve the public in research activities. Drawing on conversations with over thirty practitioners across multiple cultures and disciplines, this book examines the ways in which oral historians, media producers, and theatre artists use art, stories, and participatory practices to engage creatively with their publics. It offers insights into concerns related to voice, appropriation, privilege, and the ethics of participation, and it reveals that the shift towards participatory research and creative practices requires a commitment to asking tough questions about oneself and the ways that people’s stories are used.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774836623
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 11/20/2017
Series: Shared: Oral and Public History Series
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Miller is a documentary maker and professor in communication studies at Concordia University. Edward Little is professor and chair of the Department of Theatre at Concordia University. Steven High is professor of history at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

Part 1 Field Notes

1 Rethinking Engagement 41

In Conversation with jesikah maria ross 71

2 It's Complicated 76

In Conversation with Lisa Ndejuru 104

3 Going beyond the "Juicy Quotes Syndrome" 110

In Conversation with Ronit Avni 130

Part 2 Sites of Struggle

4 People First and First Peoples 141

In Conversation with the Storyweaving Project 177

5 At Home, in Bed, and in the Streets 189

In Conversation with Kelly Matheson 215

6 Listening to the Post-Industrial City 224

In Conversation with Toby Butler 255

Afterword 263

Appendix: Practitioners Interviewed 270

Notes 274

Selected Bibliography 313

Index 333

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