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Co-production: an Arts in Health Approach

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This course will introduce participants to arts in health as a field of study. This will be used to frame co-production in social health research. It will provide a background into the theories behind co-production as a research method, which sits in the anthropological field by its immersive nature. This pedagogy will provide a background to social policy and menstrual health, taking a closer look at menstrual artivism artefacts as a form of qualitative data.

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Dr Nadia Ncube and Nakai Dziya
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The course will discuss global rites of passage and their role in cultural identity formation – examining how these can play a positive role but also be detrimental to individual agency. The course will employ narrative reasoning as a co-production method to capture qualitative data on rites of passage as participants will draw from personal experience and use storytelling as a both a data collection method and therapeutic medium. The process will give participants an understanding of how creative therapies align with radical scientific advocacy for global majority peoples within social structures that can disenfranchise non-western ways of living, thinking and existing. By looking at the lived experience of course participants in this way, the phenomenogical aspect will enrich these findings and ensure a vested interest in outcomes and taking the practice forward.

There will be a dance movement therapy practical on the second day followed by a co-productive think-aloud session that can inform best practice in different fields and backgrounds. An Occupational Therapy model that examines Person, Environment and Occupation using a frame of reasoning that looks at Meaning, Form and Function will underpin the scientific reasoning to empower participants in their understanding of self and individuals within community. 


By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand what arts in health research is.
  • Have a good grasp of how to apply co-production in respective disciplines to collect qualitative data.


Course format:

Please note that accommodation may be required as this in-person course is spread across one and a half days.

Day 1: 24th October - 9am - 5pm

Day 2: 25th October - 9am - 12.30pm

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