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Archive for April, 2014

ISA World Congress 2014

We have had two abstracts accepted for the International Sociological Association’s World Congress in Yokohama, Japan. The conference takes place in July 2014 and will bring together sociologists from all over the world. The Representing Communities team will give a paper in the session

– What is the Worth of Art?: Approaches to the Sociology of Art Valuations and Evaluations. (more…)

Towards a Microsociality of Austerity

On 14th April Gareth Williams, Eva Elliott and Ellie Byrne spoke at a conference held at Cardiff University. Hosted by Valerie Walkerdine and David Studdert, Towards a Microsociality of Austerity explored ways of thinking about and using micro-social approaches to community-based studies.

New Appointments

CISHeW has recently made two appointments. Maddy Phillips has a background in drama and theatre and has started a PhD linked to the Representing Communities project. Maddy will be looking at the role of arts practitioners in the policy making process, focusing on North Merthyr and Dennistoun. Gareth Thomas has been appointed as Research Associate for a GIS project in North Merthyr. (more…)

Straeon: Storytelling Workshops in Schools

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by CISHeW Tags: , , , ,
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As part of our Representing Communities project we are working with primary school children in an exciting storytelling project. Entitled ‘Straeon’ (Welsh for ‘stories’), storyteller Michael Harvey has worked with three classes to create their own story which they have learned together as a class. Older pupils have also written down and edited their story in small groups, learning about the techniques that writers use when composing a story.

The next stage involves each class working with an illustrator to create pictures for the stories, and then a book will be produced and launched at the Hay Festival in 2015. Our work has involved observation and filming of the sessions, looking at what pupils contribute in terms of content for the stories, but also looking at the ways in which they engage with the creative process.

This often takes place through the body; acting out parts of the story, pulling faces of disgust, and expressions of concern for characters when things go wrong. We hope that the book will demonstrate the creative talents and potential of a group of young people who are from an area which is often represented as having no hope, aspiration or future. Through the arts and humanities, ‘Straeon’ provides an alternative way of looking.

Representing Communities

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by CISHeW Posted in Projects


Representing Communities is a three-year project running from July 2013 – June 2016 and which aims to establish how community representations produced through creative arts practices (e.g. story-telling, performance, visual art) can be used as a form of evidence to inform health-related policy and service development.

Cardiff University is the lead institution, and Professor Gareth Williams the Principal Investigator, collaborating with academics from Leeds University, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, University of South Wales, Birmingham University and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Representing Communities Site

Sociology of Health and Illness

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by CISHeW Posted in Projects


CISHeW houses the journal edited by Gareth Williams (Editor-in-Chief), Sarah David (Editorial Administrator), Davina Allen, Eva Elliott, David Hughes (Swansea University), Joanna Latimer and Ian Rees Jones. The journal is an international journal which publishes sociological articles on all aspects of health, illness, medicine and health care.

Productive Margins

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by CISHeW Posted in Projects




Productive Margins is a five-year project running from April 2013 – March 2018 which will be connecting communities in Bristol and South Wales to co-produce new forms of engagement in decision-making across politics, policy and the arts.

The project is a collaboration between research teams in the University of Bristol and Cardiff University, led by Professor Morag McDermont at Bristol, with expertise in law, arts, humanities and the social sciences, and community organisation and social enterprise in Bristol and post-industrial South Wales.


Connected Communities Festival 2014

CISHeW has been successful in winning funds of over £56k for public engagement at the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Festival in July 2014. The festival will showcase the diverse range of projects in the Connected Communities programme and is being held in Cardiff this year.

Our Representing Communities project will be involved in several activities and events which we hope will demonstrate our approach and methodologies as well as provoking discussion about some of the issues we are exploring. We are working with National Theatre Wales to hold an ‘Assembly’, which is a performance debate around a particular question, in our case study area of Butetown. We are also holding a ‘mobile exhibition’ of banners old and new, marching from Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Bay and ending in Butetown, along with singing and dance performances. We also have an interactive project stand where each case study will display films or other media relating to their community.

The festival takes place on 1-2 July 2014 at St David’s Hotel as well as some virtual and ‘fringe’ locations.