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CRESJ hosts drama seminars

Posted on 23 December 2014

CRESJ hosted two seminars on drama and education focusing on citizenship and drama in Japan and England; and on the arts, activism and social inclusion.

Early December saw two consecutive days of drama-based workshops and seminars in CRESJ.

On Wednesday 10 December Catherine Shawyer, Sarah Olive and Ian Davies spoke at a seminar, Education, Citizenship and Drama in Japan and England which explored the inter-connections between citizenship education and participation in drama in the two countries. Also speaking were former CRESJ member, Velda Elliott (University of Oxford) and three visiting Japanese professors, Jun Watanabe, Hiroaki Fukazawa and Norio Ikeno. Discussions covered the potential educational outcomes resulting from visiting the theatre and participating in drama activities and ideas about the nature of theatres as public space; the content of theatre productions as illuminative of public issues; and the process of drama as that which mirrors social and political engagement. As part of their visit, Japanese colleagues also visited Joseph Rowntree School which is part of the Department of Education's school partnership.

On Thursday 11 December CRESJ hosted the event The Arts, Activism, and Social Inclusion: York Researchers and Practitioners Showcase, organised by Dr. Sarah Olive and featuring staff and research students including Amanda Naylor, Laura Nicklin and Paulina Bronfman. The event is described in two blogposts for the British Shakespeare Association website by Chelsea Swift and Hannah Kershaw.