Sosiaalipedagogiikan ilta Helsingissä 20.3.2018

Participatory Arts in Research and Practice: ethics and aesthetics in working with vulnerable people

When: Tuesday March 20th, 2018 at 17:00 – 19:00

Where: Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
Auditorium 1, Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki

Who: Erene Kaptani, Research fellow, Walking maps and participatory theatre in social research, London (UK)

Erene Kaptani is an anthropologist, community and youth worker, participatory performance artist and dramatherapist with expertise in participatory performance for social research, community building and public impact. She is using narrative and movement based methods inspired by Improvisation and physical Theatre as well Playback and Forum Theatre and Dramatherapy. She is a member of Playback South Theatre Company and devises performances at Studio Upstairs arts community. She produced, wrote and performed in Suspended Lives, a play with refugee groups at Tara Arts and Rich Mix. She devises performance events and facilitates community, professional and academic training to question the constructions of social identities, institutional and public communications. See more:

In her presentation, Kaptani will address the question of ethics when participatory arts are used with vulnerable groups, and discusses the place of art / aesthetics in the processes where art has (also) an instrumental role. The presentation will include video of her work, and she will also perform spoken word based on her research material.

Short comment speeches will be given by lecturer of theatre pedagogy Riku Saastamoinen (Theatre Academy) and lecturer of social pedagogy Sanna Ryynänen (University of Eastern Finland). There will also be time for questions and joint conversation. The event is in English.

The event is organised by the Degree Programmes in Directing and Theatre Pedagogy of Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, and the Finnish Society of Social Pedagogy. The event is a part of “The Evenings of Social Pedagogy” (Sosiaalipedagogiikan illat), that are open and free events coordinated by the Finnish Society of Social Pedagogy with a focus on interesting pedagogical projects or perspectives with a social pedagogical angle both from Finland and abroad.

Additional information: Sanna Ryynänen – sanna.ryynanen(at)

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