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Anna Craft Memorial Lecture 2022

The recording of the 6th Anna Craft Memorial Lecture is finally here, given on 1 July 2022 by Veronica Jobbins MBE, titled ‘Dance in a Shifting Landscape’.  In this lecture she reflects on the impact and implications for dance education of the practice-based research study, Dance Partners for Creativity (Kerry Chappell, Linda Rolfe, Anna Craft and Veronica Jobbins (2008 - 2010) and the resulting publication Close Encounters (2011).   

Thereafter she explores how dance education can thrive rather than survive in the future, given the current concerns in schools such as the nature of post-COVID recovery, the imperative to address the challenges provoked by the Black Lives Matter movement and continuing de-valuing of creativity and arts education within the education system. 

Possibility thinking about the future of creativity

24th June 2019, Professor James C Kauffman gave the 4th Anna Craft Memorial Lecture as the culmination of the BERA Creativities SIG/CEEN conference on Disentangling Creativity Research.  He is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and an author of numerous books and articles.  In his lecture, he proposes alternative benefits of creativity research through the lens of social justice, tolerance and the meaning of life.  You can listen to his lecture here.


The Network holds regular meetings throughout the academic year.  They provide a forum for members to present ongoing or completed research; short introductions to new research projects; discussion of draft research papers or grant applications; notifications of events and publications; and so forth.  

Emerging Theories Reading Group

The Emerging Theories Reading Group meets termly to discuss a selected text, all of which aim to stimulate open and critical thinking and to encourage group members to explore ideas which go beyond our previous boundaries. The group includes a mix of staff and doctoral students, and is open to anyone from the Graduate School of Education who would like to take part in lively academic debates about a range of texts. The group is non-hierarchical, providing a safe space for robust discussions for those at any stage of their research career, and the opportunity to build connections with researchers within and beyond our existing communities.  If you would like to join the reading group please contact Karen Scott-Boyd.

Music Network

The Music Network connects members of CEEN with researchers in other areas of the University who have an interest in music in their research. We meet regularly to share ideas and questions from our research, and we have a reading group where we bring our different disciplinary approaches to discuss papers that have a music focus. The group includes staff and students, and anyone who is interested would be very welcome to join us. To join the email list for this network, please email Ursula Crickmay.

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