AHRC Grant Success for Jo-Collinson Scott

Congratulations to Dr Jo Collinson-Scott, Lecturer in Music in the School of Media, Culture and Society, who has been awarded two grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), following a call for collaborative proposals from Early Career Researchers within the Connected Communities programme. Details of each project are below, and the total value of both awards is around £100,000, of which 20% will come to the Creative Futures Institute to fund Jo’s involvement.

Fields of Green – Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities

In a study by Julie’s Bicycle, the British cultural sector’s leading environmental consultancy, the sale of music products and live music performances to UK consumers was said to create at least approximately 540,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent per year. The live music sector together with audience travel accounted for three-quarters (~75%) of the UK music industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, with large music festivals accounting for the highest level of emissions. These figures stand in stark contrast to the branding of music festivals as sites where alternative ideas of community are performed. This project – designed by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, University of the West of Scotland, and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts along with community co-investigator, Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS), the key organization in Scotland for advising the cultural sector on matters of environmental sustainability – uses four distinct disciplinary approaches (sociology of music, sustainable development, urban planning and environmental management, and songwriting as practice-based research) to investigate this tension and work with music festival communities – made up of artists, audiences, and organizers – to address climate change and sustainability, one of the most urgent problems facing the wider global community.

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network

In the context of mental health services, voice-hearers feel the effects of academic language-use in their everyday lives through ‘othering’ languages and stigmatising labels. This project seeks to learn how to listen to ‘others’ and to counter oppressive structures of language-use by building a trans- and inter-disciplinary network of expertise in listening. ‘Listening to Voices’ asks ‘what would it be like to learn to listen together/differently?’ How might creative listening practices enable individuals and communities to become more attuned to the voices of ‘others’ previously marginalized, repressed or ignored? Developed in collaboration between researchers at Queens University Belfast, the University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh University, this project focuses on listening as the site of meaningful exchange and collaboration between the academy and those outside it, recognising that Hearing Voices groups in Scotland and N.Ireland are experts in developing innovative and carefully thought out listening practices in relation to multiple and complex voices. It brings together community-based voice-hearing networks, independent artists and academics to develop a suite of creative listening resources.


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