Workshop: Exploring an arts-based practice to help children talk about experiences of racism
Led by: Verity Jones, Malcolm Richards, Sarah Whitehouse, Tessa Podpadec, Luci Gorell Barnes, Chris Pawson, and Justin Vafadari from the Improving wellbeing and mental health relating to racism in 10-11 year olds: a Bristol case study Project
This workshop discussed how body mapping has been used to support 9-11 year olds to talk about experiences of racism and how it affects them. The team shared their methodology and monitoring tools in this workshop to discuss how and reflect on how these strategies might be drawn on in research.
Three key messages:
- Just because talking about racism with young children might be uncomfortable children want to have these conversations
- Teachers need to be trained in appropriate pedagogies to support them in talking about racism in school
- Talking about racism doesn’t have to be just about the talking.
This workshop was connected to our Voices, Power & Attitudes research challenge: How can we amplify young people’s voices and change societal attitudes in ways that positively impact on mental health?
Check out these pictures from the day!
Workshop Live Tweets
You can read a great thread below from @HazelMarzetti who live-tweeted the workshop.
Next up I’m heading to a talk on body-mapping as a practice to help children talk about racism from @VerityJones_edu from @UWE_Education. I am always interested to learn more about creative research practices and particularly so on such an important topic. #EmergingMinds pic.twitter.com/FhulEsoyak— Hazel Marzetti (@HazelMarzetti) October 17, 2022
Lucy speaks about the practice of body mapping. They showed children different examples of racism and asked them if they recognised those experiences and how they responded to them. They then reflected on where such reactions were physically felt in the body. #EmergingMinds— Hazel Marzetti (@HazelMarzetti) October 17, 2022