Topic: Inside the joint sphere: Arts-based research in knowledge co-production project

Speaker: Mai Khanh Tran

Date: 21st November 2017

Time: 1pm 

Venue: Claus Moser Building CM0.12

The latter half of the 20th century started to embrace the diversity of knowledge and the forms in which it is embedded. This aligns with the development of a world increasingly constructed by co-innovation and knowledge co-production. In the joint sphere where producers meet consumers, arts-based research is found to create dialogue and broaden the collective engagement between different groups of stakeholders, including the researcher. Inspired by Finley (2014), this talk elucidates how a critical arts-based researcher will use the arts in all phases of research in order to move people to initiate change, preserve culture, and enhance well-being to build up “a smarter planet”. It is based on a real life project that saw the collaboration between IBM, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), and the students at University of Birmingham to tackle the challenge of engaging young audience with classical music through technology.

Besides the talk, you are invited to join an informal chat in an exhibition context, in which the art-installation entitled “Inside the joint sphere” is displayed. This art work has been chosen as one of the three pieces to be exhibited in the Arts Gallery at the 12th Consumer Culture Theory conference, held in California, July, 2017.


About the author: Mai Khanh Tran (Mika) is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Marketing at University of Birmingham. Her research interests include co-innovation, aesthetic consumption, arts-based research, and creative methods for research and community engagement. She has published in the Journal of Business Research and The research handbook of innovation and creativity for marketing management. She won prizes in Traditional Arts contest and Image of Research Exhibition and had her art works displayed in a few well-known events, such as in the Arts and Science festival held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.



LOCATION: Research Beehive 2.22; Old Library Building, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 


University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

09:30 – 10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome (Dr Fruela Fernández, Dr Sarah Maitland, Professor Susanne Tietze)

10:15 – 10:45 Crossing language boundaries in inter-organisational relationships: Strategy and bricolage in the SME (Dr Natalie Willmot, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

10:45 – 11.15 Working with languages: challenges and solutions – an SME perspective (Mrs Yelena McCafferty, Director - Talk Russian Ltd)

11:15 – 11:30 Refreshment break

11.30 – 12.00 Translation mediated communication in business environments: The satisfactory cycle: A (not only) Portuguese approach (Dr Alexandra M. N. Albuquerque, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)

12.00 – 12.30 Plenary session

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 13: 45 Impartiality: an ethical challenge for interpreters (Mr Phil Muriel, MCIL, APCI, IAPTI, professional interpreter and interpreter trainer)

13:45 – 14:15 We need to talk about translation: How academic knowledge could benefit professional practice (Dr Hayley Harris, professional translator and interpreter)

14: 15 – 14: 45 Plenary and refreshment break

14 :45 – 15:45 From words to stage: Dramatizing insights about translation and interpreting (Ms Sue Moffat, Artistic Director New Vic Borderlines Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, UK).

15:45 – 16:15 Conclusions and signposting to event 3

Please note that while attendance is free of charge, prior registration is essential. The registration page will also contain information on accommodation and travel to Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Please note that we cannot reimburse any costs related with attendance. Travel bursaries are available for doctoral students and early career researchers only (the deadline for bursary applications is 13 December 2018, 12o’clock, UK time). For further details about travel bursaries or any other aspect of the project and events, please contact Professor Susanne Tietze, Keele University, and Dr Sarah Maitland, Goldsmiths, University of London, at: and


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