Our Lives Our Culture – Free Workshops for Young People in Hillfields, Coventry

Are you aged between 14 and 25 and want to have your say, do something creative and learn new things?

THEN THESE WORKSHOPS ARE PERFECT FOR YOU!

We are holding two workshops in October with youth worker, Tayyaba, which will give YOU the chance to TELL PEOPLE ABOUT LIFE IN HILLFIELDS and the CHANGES YOU WANT TO SEE.

You can sign up by sharing photos of things that MATTER to YOU!

The workshops will also feature rapper, RG The Baron. You will learn how images, music and poetry can make your voice and ideas sound stronger.

You have until 10th October 2020 to register your interest or for more information contact Tayyaba by email at sadiqt3@aston.ac.uk or WhatsApp on 07415 745 208.

ECPR General Conference 2020 – 24-28 August 2020

We will be hosting a panel ‘Youth and Globalization: Identities Formation and Consequences’ on 28th August. The panel, chaired by Dr. Renata Franc (University of Zagreb) and co-chaired by Dr. Roger Soler-i-Marti (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), will present some of the key findings of the CHIEF project based on large N surveys of students, in-depth interviews, field studies, and ethnographies. For further details of the event and abstract, visit the ECPR website.

Unveiling Family Photos Workshop in Istanbul – 20 August 2020

Family is a concept that is not only of profound concern in the academic studies of different disciplines, but it is also a concept that has been continually interpreted throughout various forms of art and has had a far-reaching influence on artistic production. Family photos, the visual record of family memory, offer more meaning than as just basic documentation of our special moments. Thanks to them, the traces of social, cultural, economic transformations, everyday life practices, cultural differences and intergenerational relations can be observed. When examined in connection with other concepts such as gender, memory, migration, identity, family, etc., these photos will delineate our personal history and offer us a way to access social forms.

In this workshop, the participants who have rendered their photos as the subject of relations between the past and present articulated how visual images drive their work by passing through their production processes. Focusing on the points where what is reflected by family photos contradict “reality”, they sought ways to reproduce private-sphere images by using artistic methods and reconstituted stories to transform existing perception.

The workshop, a public online event held in Karşı Sanat, is supported by CHIEF (Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Feature) Horizon 2020.

CHIEF Stakeholders’ Workshop in Coventry, UK

On 23rd October we held the first of a series of workshops with stakeholders in Coventry. The workshop explored how young people experience and participate in culture and included discussions on barriers to participation.

We were thrilled that young people could attend along with partners working in the youth and culture sectors. If you are interested in joining us for future workshops, please contact Katie McNie, CHIEF Project Manager at c.mcnie@aston.ac.uk

CHIEF project presented to students at the University of Bologna

On October 21st, Dr. Tinatin Zurabishvili presented information about the CHIEF project to Sociology students of the University of Bologna for their course on the Sociology of Youth (the course is taught by professor Alessandro Martelli). The presentation was focused on the goals of the project, its structure, its research question and research design developed in order to find answers to those research questions.

For Sociology students, learning about sociological perspective while analyzing specific areas of contemporary life provides a very important aspect of their education. Speaking of some of the most vivid examples: We all use various types of the mass media – and the sociology of media helps to understand their social function(s); we all care about being healthy – and the sociology of health helps to see the issues of well being in a more comprehensive way. Similarly, when speaking about the youth, it is very important to help the students see it as a social phenomenon which is closely related to the major social institutions, both affecting those institutions and being affected by them – all of which constitutes the basics of the discipline of the Sociology of Youth.

The main focus of the presentation was a discussion of the possibilities of empirical research of the youth in various countries. Specifically, we discussed the operationalization of the “youth”, comparability of data collected across different social, political and cultural settings, as well as a rather elaborated multimethod approach implemented by the CHIEF project. A previous EC-funded project on youth, MYPLACE, was also discussed. The students were particularly interested in the mechanisms of social and political engagement of young people and, specifically, the “drivers” that might foster such engagement. The questions related to intercultural dialogue, as well tolerance that is expected to be strengthen by openness to other cultures, were also among the ones that attracted students’ attention.

 

CHIEF Media training in Barcelona

The filming workshop organised by the Culture Coventry was held on 26-27 November, 2019 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona with the active participation of local young people. The workshop started by discussing films and culture then aimed at improving film-making skills. On the second day, the workshop continued by focusing on more advanced issues such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.

CHIEF Media training in Pune

The filming workshop organised by Culture Coventry (UK) was held over two days in January 2020, at Satitribai Phule Pune University, Pune with the active participation of local young people. The workshop commenced by discussing films and culture then provided film-making skills-training, focusing on issues such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.

CHIEF Media training in Latvia

The filming workshop organised by the Culture Coventry was held on 22-23 October, 2019 at Daugavpils University, Latvia with the active participation of local young people. The workshop started discussing films and culture before aiming at improving film-making skills. On the second day, the workshop continued focusing on more advanced issues such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.

First CHIEF findings presented at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association

Dr. Ebru Soytemel, Dr. Eleni Stamou and Dr. Anton Popov  from UK CHIEF team (Aston University) presented first findings of CHIEF in their paper “Cultural Literacy in the English Curriculum: Amalgams of Cultural Conservatism and Enterprise Culture” at the 14th Conference of the  European Sociological Association in 22 August 2019 at Manchester. Continue reading “First CHIEF findings presented at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association”

1st Multi-stakeholder Partnership Workshop in Istanbul – 11 September 2019

The first of a series of stakeholder workshops was conducted by the CHIEF team at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkey) and their core stakeholders  on September 11, 2019.

Young people doing a silent brainstorming exercise about culture
Young people in Turkey doing a silent brainstorming exercise about culture as part of the CHIEF research project.

The workshop consisted of an introduction to the chief project, an overview of the workshop and two methods designed to facilitate dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders. It continued with the assessing and identification of future objectives and ended with a discussion.

CHIEF Media Training in Istanbul: 17-18 September 2019

On 17th and 18th September 2019, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul hosted a filming workshop delivered by Culture Coventry (UK), one of the CHIEF project partners who provide film-making training to young people to record their cultural activities.

The workshop started with discussions around film and culture then aimed at improving film-making skills. On the second day, the workshop continued focusing on more advanced skills such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.