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 (Heriot-Watt) 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.
The fourth Creative Ethnology Studio will take place at 17:00-19:00 hrs on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the University of Edinburgh as part of the Sustainable Communities Heritage Festival. Alistair Mackie (Heriot-Watt) and Jos Collins (Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh) will explore creative approaches to musical heritages, drawing on the School of Scottish Studies archives.