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Doing effective public engagement on violence: an interdisciplinary Liverpool/UCD Workshop

9:00am - 4:45pm / Monday 25th March 2024 / Venue: Seminar Room 4 Management School
Type: Workshop / Category: Department
  • Suitable for: Colleagues and PGRs from the University of Liverpool and University College Dublin
  • Admission: Free
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The study of violence is a pressing issue that links the local to the global and demands critical interdisciplinary collaborations of many different kinds, whether that be in relation to interpersonal, corporate, state, or any other forms of violence and their ramifications. In light of its complexity, public engagement about violence makes particular practical, ethical, and scholarly demands of academics. Drawing on research, personal experience, and case studies, the aim of this workshop is firstly, therefore, to interrogate the nature of such demands, and explore both the possibilities and limitations of public engagement on issues to do with violence, ranging from contexts such as museums and traditional forms of media to newer spaces and publics. Its aim is also, however, to bring together colleagues and PGRs from the University of Liverpool and University College Dublin to explore possibilities for collaborative research.

Workshop Timetable

9:00 Welcome (Prof. Alison Fell, Dean of Histories Languages and Cultures, and Prof. Deana Heath, University of Liverpool)

9:15-10:45 Education and Ethics (Chair: Prof. Alison Fell)
- “Making Fascism Un-Cool: Challenges of Educating the British Public about Fascism”, Dr. Roland Clark (History, University of Liverpool)
- “How to Teach Violence?”, Dr. Jenna Byers (History, University College Dublin)
- “Two Ethical Dilemmas in Communicating Violence”, Dr. Rich Stupart (Communications and Media, University of Liverpool)

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Gender-Based Violence and Research (Chair: Prof. Deana Heath)
- “’Battered and beyond’: Oral History and Domestic Violence”, Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald (Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD)
- “Co-Creation: The Role of Affected Collaborating Communities in Framing Public Engagement on Violence and the Researcher as Chorus”, Athanasia Francis (PhD Candidate in Hispanic Studies, University of Liverpool)
- “Women, Peace and Security? Gender-based Violence and Legacies of the Past”, Dr. Claire Pierson (Politics, University of Liverpool)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Commemoration and the Museum (Chair: Prof. Barry Godfrey)
- “Violence in the Museum Gift Shop”, Dr. Jeremiah Garsha (History, UCD)
- “Challenging Narratives of Violence in Museums: Towards ‘Diversality’ and Digital Engagement”, Marjotte Miles (PhD Candidate in History, University of Liverpool)
- “Violence Against Children in the Holocaust – A Case Study for Public Engagement with Research on Violence”, Lior Tibet (PhD Candidate in History, UCD)

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15:4:15 Films and Audience (Chair: Dr. Roland Clark)
- “Roebourne”, Prof. Barry Godfrey (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool)
- “Whose Violence is it Anyway? Public Engagement, Audience Emotion and the Responsibilities of the Researcher”, Dr. Maria Flood (Languages, Cultures and Film, University of Liverpool)

4:15-4:45 Discussion (Chair: Prof. Deana Heath)