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The Regional Democracy Think Tank for West Yorkshire

Active Text, Tuesday June 14, 7pm-8pm, Zoom

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All welcome to join us for a discussion in which Leeds-based artist and writer Pamela Crowe explores what the 'active' qualities of a text can be.

Active Text, Pamela Crowe

How can the written word transmute into useful (active) language that goes beyond lip service into realised and tangible change?

Drawing on the work of independent academic Sara Ahmed who 'follows words around' (On being included, What's the use?, Complaint!) to 'ask about where they go' and how they are 'put into active use', Crowe proposes repositioning tools (script, voice, performance, role-play) traditionally used within theatre studies and performance to interrogate policy, manifesto and strategic/'vision' documents to ask what a text does, how written and spoken commitments might recurrently fail to bring about change, instead prohibiting it by acting as a substitute for action by seeming to assert institutional competence through words alone.

Feedback from the West Yorkshire Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Knowledge Exchange event, Alice Bradshaw

Alice Bradshaw will present brief feedback notes from the Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Knowledge Exchange event, organised by West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. This will provide a shared "case study" for Pamela's talk.

Photo by Pamela Crowe from p_amela.

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