Engaging with the Community
See a selection of case studies demonstrating impact both locally and internationally.
AHRC-funded international and multidisciplinary project that investigates how Restoration Shakespeare used to be performed, and how it can be performed today. It brings together Queen’s University Belfast, Syracuse University, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Globe Theatre, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Preparation for contact training in disciplines including Medicine and Social Work involve various forms of simulation training to help students equip themselves for 'real' world experiences following graduation.
Where clinical skill and technical competence are taught to high standards, the complexities of interpersonal interaction are referred to in cliched terms as ‘soft skills', 'bedside manner' and 'non-technical skills' and are often under-valued and poorly understood in terms of formal education and training. The aim of this series of symposia is to understand how education and training in health and social care can be enhanced by integrating techniques more commonly associated with theatre and performance.’
Music making is known to have benefits for social cohesion. As a social practice, music depends on personal interaction, dialogue, agreement on conventions and trust. Previous work on music and conflict has illuminated the different roles that music and sound play in conflict situations (from exacerbating conflict to mitigating it). Moreover, recent scholarship has highlighted the transformative power of music, demonstrating how music making activities could have a direct and positive impact on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and reconciliation by non-violent means.
This research project aims at contributing to these ongoing debates by exploring the possibilities of music and sound in conflict transformation in Mozambique through a participatory case study rooted in sonic art methodologies.
Recomposing the City is a collaborative research group. Our mission is to bring together artists, architects, planners and others in investigating the relationship of sound to urban space. We explore various questions on urban sound through seminars, events, publications, and design projects. Our ultimate aim is to support new design and development projects, and to improve the understanding of sound within architecture studies and architectural practice.
Sonic Art For Public Ears: Enabling Children As Designers
This work, led by Franziska Schroeder, impacted on children between the ages of 8 and 14. Since 2011 over 90 children living in Northern Ireland have benefitted from day-long workshops, taking place at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast.
This network seeks to understand the role of arts and cultural managers as intercultural brokers in our context of globalisation, internationalisation and global migration. Intercultural understanding suggests capacity for appreciating, recognising and relating to different world viewpoints and experiences. Historical and empirical research recognises the role arts and cultural objects and expressions, like fine and performing arts and heritage, play in political, cultural and ethnic relations. Yet, little is known about the role of arts and cultural managers, their practice and education, in this process.
Three complementary projects - Theatre of Witness’s We Carried Your Secrets and its eponymous documentary; the film We Never Give Up II; and the Prisons Memory Archive – address the role and impact of storytelling in post-conflict societies.
A collection of 175 filmed walk-and-talk recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.
Queen's University Belfast to take part in the Being Human Festival 2017 - led by Dr Franziska Schroeder, Impact Champion, School of Arts, English and Languages.
BSc Music Technology and Sonic Arts Students contributed to a one-week environmental design and creative event by creating sound installations with an aim to invite audiences to discover hidden, unexpected and surprising aspects of sound in specific spaces in Belfast.
The case study shows how short chamber compositions by composer Piers Hellawell have transformed the musical experience of young musicians within the on-going Chamber Music 2000 project in England. Circles of impact radiate from his provision of practicable new chamber work for ensembles: children from 8 to 16 have explored the challenging demands of performing contemporary music created for them in an individual and exciting idiom.
They have participated in new experiences in communal music-making; they have processed new notated instructions and encountered unfamiliar sound-combinations; they have become part of a collaboration with professional artists during coaching. Through these experiences young musicians have been equipped to give a world premiere in an international venue, a life-enhancing experience.
The Stroke Folks research project by Brenda Winter-Palmer is part of a continuing study which seeks to explore whether improvisational drama (a process–based methodology which need not necessarily result in public performance) could be therapeutic in the promotion of increased emotional health in patients recovering from stroke. Research has shown that the physical and cognitive effects of stroke may result in feelings of grief, denial, depression, perplexity, frustration, anger and embarrassment. In tracking the progress of a group of stroke survivors over the period of one year the study aimed to assess whether involvement in process drama might bring some alleviation of these symptoms and generate a general improvement in confidence, optimism and motivation.
David Robb’s research into folk and protest song has an impact on a wider public through its promotion at music clubs and festivals and in its use in political education in schools. The context for the impact is the general political climate in Germany since the Second World War where protest song has been supported at a national level as ‘democratic’ heritage. Questionnaires from a recent workshop revealed how teachers have made use of Robb’s recent on-line research project to promote a democratic consciousness amongst pupils. His research has also influenced the song repertoires of folk groups and performers.
The children used an app, developed at SARC, to live stream sounds captured around the building. By working together creatively they were able to create some fantastic sound works.
This is part of the Distributed Listening project - Socially Engaged Art.