This week it is Refugee Week and here in the Faculty of Media and Communication this is significant as we have just started our new British Academy project ‘Understanding LGBTQ Refugees’ and Asylum Seekers’ Support Needs through Listening to Autobiographical Storytelling’. Although I have recently written about Queer Youth Refugees in Documentary Media and Ieuan and I have a forthcoming article on The Undocuqueer Movement in the journal Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture this project offers a great opportunity to asses support needs and influence policy, with an aim to develop links between diverse help providers across the UK.
The project has a duration of 15 months with a symposium taking place in a year’s time, yet already through early conversations with NGO help service participants we are beginning to learn about the needs of LGBTQ refugees. For example, this morning I was in conversation with Mark Lewis of Hoops and Loops in Cardiff. If you look at this interview on BBC Wales which includes commentary from Jo Stevens MP its clear that there is much to be done.
In the era of Covid-19, when many of us are feeling isolated, psychologically compromised, and wondering whats happening next, its clear that this is equally impacting on asylum seekers and refugees, many of whom have little support, or live in conditions that could hardly be considered as welcoming.
Christopher Pullen (Department of Media Production) and Ieuan Franklin (Department of Humanities and Law).
Calling Gen Z (16-19 yrs)! Join us for a morning of sharing your experiences & engagement with the world around you. Take part in discussion about creating videos based on your stories! Free lunch & Storyboard books to continue your ideas!
Sat. 29 June 10 am – 2 pm
BU Executive Business Centre 2nd floor
89 Holdenhurst Road BH8 8EB
Please share this invitation with any teens that you know!
The Project Zed Group at Bournemouth University and Space Youth Dorset are excited to learn about young people’s experiences of being the latest generation of teens and their interface with the world around them! The morning is part of a pilot for a potential larger project for teens to tell their stories on a video channel. Participants will very much be “co-creators” in this process.
Places are limited to teens ages 16-19 years of age only. No exceptions!
A recent article in the Qualitative Research Journal, written by BU’s Lee-Ann Fenge and Kip Jones with input from Camilla Gibson, Strategic Equality and Inclusion Manager, Hampshire County Council’s Adult Services, talk about what it takes to create meaningful community impact with academic research and outputs.
Patience and perseverance remain the watchwords. Locating, then nurturing, community partnerships are key to the success of this kind of approach. The authors consider how tools—including a film and a method deck of cards—were shared with community organisations, and how, in turn, these organisations use the tools to develop awareness of the needs of older LGBT people within their organisations and communities. In the article, Gibson recounts the way in which the tools were used with success with over 4,000 Adult Services staff in Hampshire.
If we are really serious about “impact”, we must remember that, in the case of dissemination of research at least, impact is not always a moment in the sun—an explosion of a scientific “breakthrough” on the public scene—then yesterday’s news. Good research has a “long tail”— (in statistics “a large number of occurrences far from the ‘head’ or central part of the distribution”). To achieve this, first, it takes tenacity on the part of the research team, or an ability to be a bit blinkered about its work, and a willingness to stick to the team’s goals and commitment over the long term. Secondly, it takes allies, and these are often community members, service providers, and so forth, who are energised by the work and take up the mantle. Finally, to create real impact, it takes resources available to carry out the work—not necessarily of the size or scope of the original research funding, but just as important to success.
Funds raised by the very process of REF activities should, therefore, be put to work and managed directly by the researchers creating the impact who are aware of the research potential and maintain familiarity and connectivity with community partners.
The article, Meaningful dissemination produces the “long tail” that engenders community impact can be downloaded here.
“Kyle’s photo-montage of black and white clippings, mostly from fashion magazines, Bailey and Avedon, etc., glued to the walls surrounding his bed”.
Kip Jones is pleased to announce that the tripartite story, “True confessions: why I left a traditional liberal arts college for the sins of the big city”, first published in Qualitative Research Journal, is available on Academia.edu. Jones is particularly pleased that what is now called ‘auto-fiction’ has been accepted for publication by such a major qualitative journal. The three stories in the article conclude with a scene from Jones’ ongoing development of the feature film script for “Copacetica”. All three stories portray aspects of the sexual fumbling and romantic insecurities typical in youth.
“Dirty Frank’s” bar, Philadelphia, where the main characters of “Copacetica” frequently meet.
The second piece of writing consists of the bar scene from “Copacetica”. This is the scene in which all the major characters are introduced and the story sets up the conundrum that the main character will face in the film.
“Copacetica” tells the tale of a gullible youth on a roller coaster ride of loss of innocence and coming out in the flux and instability of 1960s hippy America. Often seen as a period of revolution in social norms, Copacetica’s themes include being different, the celebration of being an outsider, seeing oneself from outside of the “norm”, and the interior conflicts of “coming out” within a continuum as a (gay) male in a straight world. These observations are set within the flux and instability of a period of great social change, but which are often viewed in retrospect as consistent and definable. Being straight or being gay can also be viewed in a similar way within the wider culture’s need to set up a sexual binary and force sexual “choice” decision-making for the benefit of the majority culture, or ‘heteronormativity’. Through the device of the fleeting moment, the story interrogates the certainties and uncertainties of the “norms” of modernity.
In the later gallery scene (not yet published), a minor character explains the meaning of the word, “copacetic”:
What d’he say?
“Everything’s copacetic”! (Beat)
What does that mean, anyway?
Everything’s cool. Everything’s okay.
Or “Groovy” as they like to say.
Asked what he enjoyed about writing the script for this film, Jones said, “Definitely revisiting the slang used by youth of the 1960s! It’s virtually its own language. And writing the sex scenes. Exciting and very tiring. Almost like the real thing”.
You can read the opening scene planned for the film on KIPWORLD: “Copacetica” Scene 1. EXT SUBURBAN HOUSE POOL NIGHT
Gender & Sexuality in the 21st Century
31 May 2017, 10:00 – 15:00
‘Unimaginable a decade ago, the intensely personal subject of gender identity has entered the public square.’—National Geographic (Jan 2017)
This openness to discussion of sexuality, gender, and emotion begins to expose this latest generation’s ambivalence, even dissonance regarding these terms. The workshop will explore this, both historically and within the contemporary culture of the 21st Century.
The workshop will gather academics and community representatives from within BU and beyond, whose work may help us to understand more fully contemporary takes on sexuality, gender, and emotion. These may include:
- Youth and Sexuality
- Sex Tourism
- Sex Trafficking
- Disability and Sexual Well-being
- Sexuality and Ageing
- Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace
- LGBTQ+ concepts of gender and sexuality
- Other issues we haven’t even considered yet?
We will spend the day learning informally about each other’s interests and previous work around sexuality, gender, and emotion, thus creating the beginnings of new partnerships for further exploration, discovery, research, dissemination, and community action. NO lectures!
Workshop organised by Dr Kip Jones, Director, Centre for Qualitative Research, BU and Dr Lee-Ann Fenge, Deputy Director, National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work, BU.
Free lunch provided, places are limited.