15 Feb @14:00

Young People, Whiteness and Suburban Australia: Exploring Ideas of Difference Using an Arts-based Method

Speaker(s): Bridget Bryan

Date: 14:00 on Thu, 15 Feb 2018

Seminar Series: GRS

Venue:
Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building,Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

We are delighted to announce the return of the Graduate Student Research Seminar. The first seminar will be held Thursday 15th Feburary (Week 5) at 2pm in the Manor Road Lecture Theatre.

Our first presenter is Bridget Bryan (LMH), who will be presenting her research on:
Young People, Whiteness and Suburban Australia: Exploring Ideas of Difference Using an Arts-based Method.
The concept of Whiteness as invisible privilege is central to the critical Whiteness literature, and I hope to present the results of a qualitative research project examining the expression of this notion among a sample of White Australians aged 18-25 using semi-structured interviews supplemented by an arts-based drawing task. By offering participants a non-linguistic tool for communicating their knowledge and perspective, the use of a visual method elicited new insights not widely demonstrated in the literature, particularly the importance of physical space and metaphorical boundaries in contemporary conceptions of self and multicultural society in contemporary Australia, as well as the relationship between dominant and subversive visual cultures and imaginations of race. The results of this research point to the potential of arts-based research methods as a supplement to traditional methods in Whiteness research and qualitative work on inequality more broadly. However, as there has been very little research of this type there is little theorisation of participant produced images and a well-developed system for analysis is lacking, and, as such, I would appreciate feedback from my peers in this forum.

We hope to see you there.