Going Public responds to the urgent need to expand current thinking on what it means to co-create and to actively involve the public in research activities. Drawing on conversations with over thirty practitioners across multiple cultures and disciplines, this book examines the ways in which oral historians, media producers, and theatre artists use art, stories, and participatory practices to engage creatively with their publics. It offers insights into concerns related to voice, appropriation, privilege, and the ethics of participation, and it reveals that the shift towards participatory research and creative practices requires a commitment to asking tough questions about oneself and the ways that people’s stories are used.
Part 1: Field Notes
1 Rethinking Engagement
In Conversation with jesikah maria ross
2 It’s Complicated
In Conversation with Lisa Ndejuru
3 Going beyond the “Juicy Quotes Syndrome”
In Conversation with Ronit Avni
Part 2: Sites of Struggle
4 People First and First Peoples
In Conversation with the Storyweaving Project
5 At Home, in Bed, and in the Streets
In Conversation with Kelly Matheson
6 Listening to the Post-Industrial City
In Conversation with Toby Butler
Appendix: Practitioners Interviewed
Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Going Public functions as a passionate clarion call to revolutionize artistic and knowledge production as a way to grapple with the urgent issues of the twenty-first century. The authors practise what they preach, building continuous reflexivity around the challenges, pitfalls, protocols, and practices of learning to work with communities rather than producing art or knowledge about them.
Brenda Longfellow, co-editor of The Perils of Pedagogy: The Works of John Greyson
In an era attuned to new possibilities for collaboration via digital technologies, Going Public presents a rich tapestry of case studies in participatory media, performance, and oral history productions that aim for public action or increased dialogue about urgent social and political issues.
Andy Rice, assistant professor of film studies and comparative media studies, Miami University in Ohio
There are many conversations going on in this book that will help to change the way we think about community-engaged research practice. Going Public is a book to savour and to return to time and again.
David Dean, co-editor of History, Memory, Performance