'Drowning not waving', or 'singing the body electric'? Creative arts academics and our (im)Possible Futures

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Please join us for the next Centre for Creative & Cultural Research seminar  where Distinguished Professor Jen Webb will discuss the ‘(im)possible’ futures of creative arts academics.
CP Snow’s 1959 Rede Lecture identified the gulf that lies between the sciences and the humanities. In the intervening (almost) sixty years, the gulf seems to have widened—in public and policy discourse at least—with the effect that the HCA sector typically presents as less relevant, less productive and less innovative than does STEM. But alongside this bleak story is one that shows the innovations and impact that have emerged from HCA researchers and practitioners: a story that makes manifest the affordances this sector provides for the building of healthy and resilient communities. In this paper I will discuss some recent perspectives offered by researchers and policy analysts, and suggest practices and mechanisms we might deploy to articulate and make more evident the relevance of our work in and beyond the academy. 

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Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. Recent publications include

Researching Creative Writing (Frontinus, 2015), Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (Manchester UP, 2016), and the OUP bibliography entry for Pierre Bourdieu (2017). 

Her poetry includes Stolen Stories, Borrowed Lines (Mark Time, 2015), and Sentences from the Archive  (Recent Work Press, 2016).

She is Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery project ‘So what do you do? Graduates in the Creative and Cultural Industries’ (DP160101440).