The Creative Ethnology Studio is a collaborative venture initiated by the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University, and the Scottish Ethnology team at the University of Edinburgh. It was established following the inaugural lecture by Edinburgh University's Gary West (30 November 2016), on 'Performing Testimony: towards a creative ethnology for the 21st century', as a joint seminar/workshop series with the aim of facilitating a network of researchers interested in exploring the creative aspects and potentials of ethnological practice.
The first collaborative event, Who is Precarious Now? An Exploration of Homing Through Art, a workshop led by IRC-Associate Dr Victoria Walters (UWE Bristol), was held on Friday, 20 January 2017.
The third Creative Ethnology Studio was held at 16:15-18:15 hrs on Wednesday, 21 March 2018, at Heriot-Watt University, attracting some twenty participants. IRC-member Michael Richardson introduced his theatre practice-as-research project exploring the interdependence of theatrical performance and the performativity of everyday life, in the context of Deaf and Hearing cultures.
Members of the network also held a workshop as part of the Expressing the Earth conference of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics later that week, discussing connections between geopoetics and creative ethnology.