#artsmethods 3

#artsmethods symposium

This is the third in a series of linked events exploring different arts-based approaches to research and activism. Taking place over two days, the symposium will bring together researchers, creatives, social justice campaigners and community members to reflect on the ethical and methodological opportunities and challenges of arts-based practices. Experiences from South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will be shared and discussed through facilitated dialogues.

Programme available here.

Space is limited and RSVPs are essential.

10th – 11th November, 9:30 – 16:00

Workers’ Museum, Newtown, Johannesburg

For more information or to RSVP, please email john.marnell@wits.ac.za.



Key themes:

  • Ethical dilemmas and practice (power dynamics, consent, ownership, dissemination, etc.)
  • Knowledge politics (interpretation, attribution, navigating the academy, etc.)
  • Linking research and activism (possibilities, conflicts of interest, forms of support, etc.)
  • Collaboration (opportunities, tensions, expectations, meaningful partnerships, etc.)
  • Methods (why and how we do what we do, benefits/limitations, best practices, etc.)


Symposium questions:

  • What are the benefits and challenges of participatory research methods?
  • What does it mean to coproduce knowledge?
  • Whose interests do these methods serve?
  • What does it mean to both represent and be represented?
  • How can we better navigate the ethical dimensions of participatory research


Speakers include:

– John Fleetwood, Photo:
– Katia Guiloff, University of Wellington
– Debbie Jack Heustice of info4africa
– Susann Huschke, ACMS, Wits and Know My Story
– Gabriel Hoosain Khan, Hivos
– Sara Kindon, University of Wellington
– Peace Kiguwa, Wits
– Haley McEwen, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS)
– EJ Milne, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
– Molemo Moiloa, Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA)
– Marcela Palomino-Schalscha, University of Wellington
– Jabu Pereira, Iranti-Org
– Members of the Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement
– Ntokozo Sibahle Yingwana, Migration and health project Southern Africa: maHp, ACMS
Symposium proceedings will be made available on the #artsmethods blog.


Exhibition opening

Stitching our [HIV] stories: activist quilts by Sisonke sex workers

Made collectively by members of the Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement, these powerful quilts chart a twenty-year struggle against healthcare discrimination, police harassment and community stigma.

The exhibition will be launched with a walkabout hosted by project participants.

Exhibition launch:   10th November, 12:00 – 13:00

General viewing: 10th November 2016 – 10th February 2017; Monday – Sunday, 8:00 – 16:00

Workers’ Museum, Newtown, Johannesburg

Free entry