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Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network

CIAN Forum 4: Re-imagining intercultural approaches to pedagogy

Convenor:  Elizabeth MacKinlay


Diana Blom (University of Western Sydney)

Diana Blom is of Australian/New Zealand heritage and has lived in Hong Kong and Malaysia for 9 years. These intercultural environments have informed her research interests, her composing and her performance projects. She is Associate Professor in Music at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. More...

Tony Booth (Centre for Commonwealth Education, University of Cambridge)

Tony Booth is concerned with understanding and promoting values led educational development. Among the sixteen values headings that are the points in an interconnecting universe of meanings offered for dialogue as a possible framework for development are: beauty, joy, respect for diversity and wisdom. The framework contributes to an answer to a modification of an age old philosophical question: how should we live together? (The old question was something like 'how should an Athenian man live'?) He has offered a redesigned curriculum for the 21st Century which tries to answer a complementary question: What do we need to know in order to live together well? More ...

Alan Crawford (Dubai, Northern Ireland)

Alan studied music at Queen's University Belfast, Ireland, piano performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Ireland and undertook teacher training at Homerton College, Cambridge. Inspired by significant travel in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Alan has taken further postgraduate studies in ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield, at SOAS, University of London (MMus), and has also completed an MPhil in Arts, Creativity, Education and Culture at the University of Cambridge. As a musician he also composes and regularly performs as a freelance pianist in a diversity of styles and ensembles.  More ...

Morwenna Griffiths (University of Edinburgh)

Morwenna Griffiths is the Chair of Classroom Learning in the Moray House School of Education at Edinburgh University. She has taught in primary schools in Bristol, and at the University of Isfahan, Iran, at Christ Church College HE in Canterbury, and at Oxford Brookes, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent Universities. Her recent research has included philosophical theorising and empirical investigation, related to social justice, the nature of practice, pedagogy, the feminisation of teaching and creativity. Her books include Action for Social Justice in Education: Fairly Different; Educational Research for Social Justice, and Feminisms and the Self; the Web of Identity. She takes the view that social justice is best understood as dynamic and further, that any specific formulation is always revisable. Her current research is focused on two main philosophical and practical projects. The first project is the development of an understanding of pedagogical relations viewed as embodied, context-dependent and temporal. She is currently investigating creative and imaginative approaches to critical professional development. The second project focuses on extending social justice concerns beyond human relationships: on how to be and to act justly in a world which is constituted of relationships with our natural world that includes but also exceeds human beings. More ...

Kate Hatton (University of the Arts, London)

Dr Kate Hatton is Head of Inclusive Education Programmes at the University of the Arts, London. She also manages a staff research project (RAS) and teaches Cultural and Historical Studies. More ...

Juniper Hill (University of Cambridge and University College Cork, Ireland)

Juniper Hill is a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge and a Lecturer in Music at University College Cork, Ireland. An Ethnomusicologist, she has conducted extensive ethnographic research on contemporary traditional and vernacular musics in Finland, Ecuador, the US, and South Africa. Her work has examined the impacts of intercultural exchanges, the consequences of institutionalizing oral traditions into formal education, and pedagogies that support creativity. Her forthcoming monograph _Becoming Creative_ (OUP) is a cross-cultural and cross-idiomatic comparison of how social contexts influence the development of creativity.

Janice Jones (University of Southern Queensland)

Dr Janice Kathleen Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Expressive Arts in the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Bringing a postcolonial theoretical lens to her research and arts practice in education, Janice's focus is upon the creation and disruption of digital and traditional texts and inquiry into the generative and transformative power of narratives for personal and professional identity, interculturality, hybridity and agency.  More...

Sidsel Karlsen (Hedmark University College in Hamar, Norway)

Sidsel Karlsen is professor of music education at Hedmark University College in Norway as well as adjunct professor at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. She has published widely in Scandinavian and international research journals and is a contributor to international anthologies such as Sociology and music education and Collaborative learning in higher music education. Her research interests cover, among other things, multicultural music education, the interplay between formal and informal arenas for learning and the social and cultural significance of music festivals. More ...

Fiona Magowan (Queen's University, Belfast)

Fiona Magowan is Director of Research in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her work on movement, music and the senses spans different periods of fieldwork on performance, ritual and Christianity amongst Yolngu in north east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, since 1990. As the discipline of anthropology is a mode of learning about and analysing the diversity of peoples in relational, socio-cultural interaction, her teaching and learning philosophy draws upon anthropological insights to student-centred, problem-specific and reflexively embodied contexts. More ...

Sue Miller (Anglia Ruskin University)

Sue Miller is senior lecturer in music and head of the Popular Music course at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK). She completed her practice-led PhD in 2011 on flute improvisation in Cuban charanga performance at the University of Leeds having previously studied charanga flute improvisation with Richard Egües from Orquesta Aragón in Havana in 2000 and 2001. Sue is the musical director of the UK's only charanga orchestra 'Charanga del Norte' which she founded in 1998. In addition to working with her own group she has performed with veteran charanga musicians in Havana including Estrellas Cubanas, Charanga de Oro, Orquesta Sublime and Orquesta Barbarito Díez. Documenting Intercultural Arts Practice...  More ...

John O'Flynn (St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin)

Sandy O'Sullivan is an Aboriginal Australian (Wiradjuri Nation) academic in the Research Division of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. She is a current Australian Research Council Senior Indigenous Researcher, an enduring Office for Learning and Teaching Australian Teaching Fellow, and holds a PhD in Fine Art and Performance. Her current international research work focuses on representation of First Peoples in major national museum spaces in the US, UK and Australia. Sandy is the National Indigenous representative for Interpretation Australia and the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (in Higher Education), where her work focuses on alternative and creative dissemination as a culturally appropriate research outcome for Indigenous research candidates.

Jaideen Prabhu (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge)

Jaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has a BTech degree from IIT Delhi and a PhD from the University of Southern California, and has held positions at Cambridge, Imperial College London, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and UCLA.

His research interests are in marketing, innovation, strategy and international business. In particular, he studies various cross-national issues concerning the antecedents and consequences of radical innovation in high-technology contexts. His current research is mainly on how multinationals are using emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa as a lab to do affordable and sustainable innovation for global application.  More ...

Kate Pretty (University of Cambridge)

Ben Sandbrook (Arts Education consultant)

Ben Sandbrook is an independent consultant, specialising in arts education, facilitating change and supporting creativity and progression, with particular interests in multi-stakeholder strategy and sustainable development. He runs the Musical Progressions Roundtable with AYM and the Early Years Strategic Roundtable with Earlyarts, and provides consultancy services on strategic development and implementing change, and speaks widely on creativity and education strategy.

Dharambir Singh MBE, NESTA Fellow, FTCL, is one of the most prominent North Indian Classical musicians based in the United Kingdom. A student of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan he also studied for his MA at the School Of Oriental and African studies at the University of London and is fellow of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts) and FTCL (Fellow Trinity College London). He has was awarded an MBE in 2011.

In addition to his extensive performance career, Dharambir’s reputation as an educator is unparalleled in England. He worked as a tutor with Leicester Music Service, lecturer at Leeds College Of Music and an adviser at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on their BMus Degree in Indian Music in collaboration with Trinity College Of Music. He was the founder and the artistic director of SAMYo the first national south Asian music youth orchestra and artistic adviser for Tarang, the UK’s first South Asian senior ensemble.

As part of his Nesta fellowship he has been involved in pioneering work in creating technology solutions in different areas of North Indian Musical training. The software he has created provide self study and teaching tools for pitch, rhythm, ragas and colour, tanpura (drone) as well as specific software which responds to the Indian Sargam (solfa). He works as a freelance performer, tutor and consultant.

Ylva Hofvander Trulsson (Lund University, Sweden)

Dr Ylva Hofvander Trulsson (MMus, MEd, PhD) is presently (2012-2014) a visiting scholar/postdoc at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, working on the postdoctoral research project, Musical Learning and Discipline - discourses on social mobility of immigrant parents and their children, financed by the Swedish Research Council. Her research looks at perspectives on class formation in relation to parents’ choices, concerted cultivation, migration and social mobility.  Originally from the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in Sweden, where she did her masters and doctoral studies, Ylva is also a visiting scholar at Hedmark University College, Norway, working on the research project ”Musical gentrification and socio-cultural diversities” 2013-2016 (PI: Prof. Petter Dyndahl).

PhD-thesis title: Musical learning as social reconstruction. Music and origin in Eyes of immigrant parents.

Anne-Charlotte Tulinius (University of Copenhagen)

Associate Professor of postgraduate education at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Senior member of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, Charlotte is also the convenor of two interdisciplinary researchers’ fora: Education across borders, and Arts & Sciences Researchers’ Forum. She also works as an Educational consultant for The East African Health Professions Educators’ Association, Kenya.  More ...

Trevor Wiggins (SOAS, University of London) VIRTUAL CONTRIBUTOR (Forum 4):

Anna Reid (University of Sydney) 

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