The Say My Name project explores the day-to-day experiences of staff and students in the Warwick community around names. We seek to explore whether a lack of familiarity with the pronunciation and spelling of the names of others creates barriers to teaching and learning and other interactions. We aim to capture the experiences of those encountering names with which they are unfamiliar and the experiences of bearers of names that many find unfamiliar, including those who adapt their names or adopt new names to navigate this issue. This project is part of the wider Community Values Education Programme (CVEP) and is led by Dr. Jane Bryan and Puja Laporte.
Potential resources and outputs
It is hoped this research will be relevant to Warwick which has a diverse community and will also be relevant outside the University, particularly to the City of Coventry that has a diverse, multilingual community. Potential resources may include posters/social media posts, a short Moodle, and a short video that offers some do's and don'ts around names and how to respect them, and the importance of getting someone's name right.
News and events
Say My Name features in Coventry Creates digital exhibition
Coventry Creates unites researchers with local artists to produce art reflecting key issues and themes across the region. The Say My Name project is one of 12 projects to receive funding this year. The projects will culminate in a digital exhibition in December 2021. We are collaborating with Verity Pabla, singer-songwriter and founder of the Coventry-based music production company I'm Not A Machine.
Say My Name spoken word piece
Verity Pabla performed a spoken word piece inspired by the project at the Resonate festival in September 2021. Watch a recording of the piece here:
Hear My Name Project
Explore the newly launched Hear My Name project. We are recruiting staff and students to participate in a research project investigating the use of virtual audio name clips.
Community Values Education Programme
Explore other projects under the wider Community Values Education Programme (CVEP).
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