Tuesday, 6 June 2017
The journey so far as part of the CTG
We agreed at the Critical Thinking Group that our role was to get alongside the projects, maintain a reflective distance, ask questions, listen, observe, learn, as well as being part of the project team. I have been working with Zanib who at this stage has been carrying out interviews with British Asian Women who left Clifton school in the 1970s. The interviews have given rise to the sharing of powerful, rich and moving personal stories. For me as part of the Critical Thinking Group I have verbally and by email discussed this process with Zanib and noted the emotion that the stories have raised, which in itself deserves time and space. Having not been there at the time of the interviews I can only read them and ask questions, and note the care that needs to be taken ethically in how the knowledge produced from these stories is shared. Reflective distance has as yet happened by not being present for the interviews, though hopefully I will be there fore some of the arts workshops when they happen. The next step is for the knowledge in some way to be shared with the artists so that they can then progress initial ideas for arts methodologies that were discussed when Zanib and I met with one of the artists, which could perhaps be through emerging themes, but this will be discussed when we meet later this month.