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Public Programme of Events

The Warwick Institute of Engagement (WIE) is working with teams from across the University to put on a public programme of events and activities which will engage varied and diverse communities with our research.

As part of this, we are planning a series of monthly, themed 'roadshow' events which will take place in various locations around Coventry - at community centres, festivals, libraries, pop-ups etc. These roadshow residencies will work with local communities to co-create a series of performances, workshops, discussions, debates, and experiences.

We are currently looking for expressions of interest to work with our curating teams to populate each monthly event with content.

Below you can see each monthly theme and the curating team who will be leading. If you are interested in being involved and would like to find out more, please complete the expression of interest form.

(Please note, at this stage there is no commitment from you to take part and no guarantee that we will be able to include every request - though we'll do our best!)

May 2021 - 'Invention' (curated by Innovative Manufacturing GRP)

Welcome to the University; we play an important part in this city of ideas and invention; a university is a city’s lab, its workshop, a crucible of ideas; we make things – and make things happen.

June 2021 - 'Sanctuary' (curated by the Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network)

What does it mean to provide sanctuary? How does it feel to need sanctuary? Our research has highlighted the importance of sanctuary as a concept, told its histories, and contributed to policies for its future. We work collaboratively with those who give and receive sanctuary. This month, the university will explore this concept across its disciplines and faculties.

September 2021 - 'Words and Voices @ Godiva Festival' (curated by the Connecting Cultures GRP)

Words and Voices – this month we’ll focus on the power of words: spoken, written and sung. We’ll celebrate the 120+ languages spoken in our city and work with our multilingual communities. We’ll explore how we can write, speak and sing together – as well as listen and read? Where can words, language, song and prayer take us?

October 2021 - 'Futures' (curated by CIM)

Academic research often reaches into the future. We ask the big questions. Imagine the future: what does it feel like? What does it look or sound like? How and where will we live, work and play in the future? What will we love? We also ask how futures have been imagined in the past and think about the accomplishments and disappointments of future thinking.

December 2021 - 'Feast!' (curated by the Food GRP)

We love a celebration at the university. This month’s theme draws on the origins of the word feast and its Latin root, festa, meaning ‘holidays or feasts’ from festus: festive, joyful, or merry. We will explore celebrations of all kinds and all faiths this month as well as reflecting on the research that we do into food, from food cultures around the world to food security, food scarcity and the future of food.

January 2022 - 'Being Human' (curated by the Behaviour, Brain and Society GRP)

What does it mean to ‘be human’? How has our research helped us understand humanity (and its limits). What aspects of humanity should we cling to and what should we let go of. What scientific discoveries have broadened or changed our understanding of humanity? And what are the limits on focusing on the human: how might we imagine a world beyond the human?

February 2022 - 'Health' (curated by the Health GRP with involvement from the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing)

Our research is at the cutting edge of new thinking about health and wellbeing. We have perhaps never been more aware of the need for research into health as we are now, and we search for hope and innovation in health care as never before. In this month we will showcase our collaborations across the city and beyond which strive to improve the health and wellbeing of all. Our events this month will focus on problem solving and working together for a fitter, healthier world.

March 2022 - 'Amazing Women' (curated by Centre for the Study of Women and Gender)

This month we focus on women’s lives, women’s stories, and, particularly, the work of great women who have pushed all areas of our research forward. We reach out to the female researchers of tomorrow and celebrate women who have made great contributions to the world. We want to raise up women’s voices and showcase the work that women have produced and the things they have made.

If you are interested in being involved and would like to find out more, please complete the expression of interest form.