SDHI was represented at the 2015 Dundee Science Festival with a stand to illustrate its applied interdisciplinary work. Dr Fred Comerford, SDHI Institute Manager invited displays related to the topic ‘perceptions’. Using visual illusions Fred demonstrated to visitors that what we see and hold for being ‘real’ or ‘true’ may be deceptive. The theme was also reflected in the display by Kirsty Miller, PhD student in psychology who presented a very timely topic considering for example the refugee crisis in Europe: perceived in-group vs out-group differences that may impact on how likely we act to help others. Jean Cathro of the social enterprise, ‘Crossing countries, challenging boundaries, changing lives‘ engaged children and adults through art work, craft and video presentation. SDHI has repeatedly reported on this innovative social enterprise on this blog. Crossing truly challenges mis-perceptions about disability, ethnicity, gender, age and other characteristics that so often create unnecessary and hurtful divisions. Finally, Dr Ed Hall, Geography challenged in his display concepts of place-based vulnerabilities of communities that experience prolonged electricity failures. Simple categorisations of ‘vulnerable people’ are not useful or informative as ‘vulnerability’ is always contextual and relational. The event at the Dundee Menzieshill Community Centre was very well attended with some families spending several hours there to explore the many exciting displays and presentations.
This seminar which will be held on Thursday 4th June from 1pm-5pm in the Steeple Church, Dundee is an opportunity for academics, community workers, community activists and students to come together to explore the challenges facing radical community work practice in the UK.
With guest speakers:
- Margaret Ledwith, Emeritus Professor of Community Development & Social Justice, University of Cumbria.
- Stuart Fairweather, Communities Officer, Dundee
- Dave Beck, Co-editor, Radical Community Work Journal
Themes will include:
- How do we identify, define and enhance radical community work practice?
- Making time for radical practice – what are the challenges and opportunities?
- How do we work together to effectively contribute to community empowerment and social change?
Further information will be available soon….
A collaborative event between TCELT, University of Dundee and Glasgow University.