Dr Hilary Ramsden
BA Modern Languages (German & French; South Bank Polytechnic, London)
MA Community and Cross-Sectoral Arts (Goldsmiths, London)
PhD University of the West of England; “Walking and Civic Dialogue: a critical and performative investigation of the relationship of walkers to their immediate neighbourhood and environment”
My main preoccupation as artist, researcher and educator is exploring how play and experimentation through the arts can lead to positive changes, big and small, in our everyday lives. I’m particularly interested in clowning and live performance, as well as creating work that combines other disciplines such as film, puppetry, visual art and walking.
I teach on a number of modules on the BA Theatre & Drama programme including Applied Drama and Performance and Activism as well as Co-Leading and teaching on the BA Performing Arts degree. I am currently Co-Investigator on an AHRC Connected Communities ECR project: “Potency & Potential: creative connections in interstitial spaces – learning from encounters between Latin American and UK artist, activist and researcher communities”. I am also involved as artist, researcher and student participation coordinator in the Wye Valley River Festival 2018, with partners Desperate Men Street Theatre and Wye Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
Award Leader BA (Hons) Performing Arts
In preparation: Books
• (2016 – 18, proposal) [working title] Clowning Around (the world, or some parts of it): Resistance, Activism and Rebel Clowning (Intended for: Palgrave Macmillan)
• (2015 – 1, proposal) [working title] Detroit, Desire Lines, and walking from one place to another (Intended for: Wayne State University Press/ University of Michigan Press)
(2017) Co-authored with Milling, J. & Simpson, R. ‘The Role of Grassroots Arts Activities in Communities’ in McCabe, A & Phillmore, J. eds., Getting below the radar: understanding community groups and activities in the UK. Bristol: Policy Press.
(2015) co-authored with Bernstein, R., Layard, A. & Maudsley, M. ’There’s no local here, love’ in O’Brien, D. and Matthews, P. (Eds.) After Regeneration: Understanding urban policy and Connected Communities. Bristol: Policy Press.
(2018, in process) Ethno-situationism: the creation of an original performative methodology, for SAGE Reference project: SAGE Cases in Methodology
(2016) ‘Walking & talking: strange encounters within the familiar’ for Special Issue: Negotiating Strange Encounters: Conceptualising Conversations Across Difference. Cultural Geographies.
(2015) ‘Clowns, buffoons and the power of the killing laugh: an investigation of CIRCA (The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army)’. European Journal of Humour Research.
• (2014) ‘A Walk Around the Block: Creating Spaces for Everyday Encounters’ in Shortell, T. & Brown, E. Walking in the European City: Quotidian Mobility and Urban Ethnography, Vol.3, UK: Ashgate
• (2012) Walking with Ghosts in Shearsmith, M., ed. (2012) In between: Ineffable Intervals, UK: Wild Conversations Press
Case Studies & Working Papers
• (2014) co-authored with Layard, A., Localism, Narrative and Myth for SAGE Reference project: SAGE Cases in Methodology.
• (2011) lead writer, co-authored with Milling, J. et al., ‘The role of grassroots arts activities in communities: a scoping study,’ Working Paper 68. UK: Third Sector Research Centre.
Online journal articles
• (2006) co-authored with Block, E., The Walking Project: Desire Lines, Walking and Mapping Across Continents, Leonardo Electronic Almanac. http://leoalmanac.org/gallery/locative/walking/index.htm
• (2013) book review for Emotion, Space and Society: Atmosphären der Stadt: Aufgespürte Räume, [Atmospheres of the City: traces within spaces]. 2012, Jürgen Hasse. Berlin: Jovis
SIEF (International Society for Ethnography and Folklore)
SCUDD (Standing Conference of University Drama Departments)
TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)
h2 Performance (Co-Artistic Director)
Why Not Institute (Associate Director)
Wye Valley River Festival 2015 – 2018
Written publications & practice as research projects.
Crossing the lines – Clown/street interventions with Angela De Castro
Clown cabaret show with h2
A walk around the block – neighbourhood walks
Areas of Expertise
Theatre & Performance: clowning; devising; directing; choreography; performing.
Geography & the Environment: Walking as art & performance; urban interventions; video; soundscape creation.
Facilitation & Management: collaborative creation; project coordination; external partners initiatives.
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