Tackling Giants, Creating Futures

9:00am, Wed 7th October 2020


With the support of a PhD Collaboration Award from the University of York Humanities Research Centre, the Tackling Giants, Creating Futures Online Research Jam event took place on 7 October 2020.

The Royal Society of Art’s ‘5 British Giants’ (Isolation, Inequality, Disempowerment, Intolerance and Climate Change) were used to structure participants into five groups.

Organised by Post Graduate Researchers from the Departments of Archaeology and Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media (TFTI), the event consisted of three facilitated Zoom sessions.

Participants were encouraged to think individually, critically, and self-reflectively about themselves, their PhD research project and/or discipline and the ‘Giant’ they had chosen.

Participants identified their key internal and external values and concerns which were then used as a ‘springboard’ to generate initial ideas for applied research projects which would deliver social or environmental benefits and change.

Each group selected one individual research idea to take forwards and develop into a more substantial research concept/high level proposal together.

The event culminated with each group presenting their research concept to all participants. Guests from the Humanities Research Centre provided constrictive criticism and advice on taking each project forwards.

The following research concepts were generated through the Research Jam:

  • Inequality: Campus allotment art installation, counter food poverty/art privilege
  • Intolerance: Creative storytelling with/from York’s refugee community
  • Disempowerment: Multisensory planning process residents want to engage with
  • Isolation: Intergenerational place-based walk and talk
  • Climate Change: Single, federated, empowered city-wide environmental lobby group

Watch this space for more information on what happens next!