Secular Liturgies Network and Forum

Our mission is to enrich societies with secular ethics and reflective practices, informed by the latest research, and expressed in liturgical events that include creative writing, literature, ritual and other art forms.

Category Winner!!! Images of Research Competition 2016

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Below are my two entries to the University of Exeter Images of Research Competition 2016. The first entry ‘Tea Ceremony’ has won the Culture and Society category!!!

These images will be displayed in the Forum on the Streatham Campus (Exeter) 2-7th June and in the Exchange on the Penryn Campus (Cornwall) 13-17th June during the university open days and Sidmouth Science Festival.

The winning entry to each of the four categories (collaboration, sustainable futures, society and culture and technology) will then go on semi-permanent display in the Reading Room of the Research Commons, Old Library (ground floor), Streatham Campus.

The 2015 entries were estimated to have been seen by c. 3,000 members of the public and we are hopeful for an even greater exposure this year.

Tea Ceremony (Culture and Society Category)

Tea Ceremony 1 [JPG Original]

Tea Ceremony by Anastasia Somerville-Wong, is an example of the ‘tangification’ of under-represented and often intangible heritages, such as the blended inheritances, experiences and identities of mixed race children.

By taking photographs, videos or sound recordings, crafting objects or designs, or through writing and notation, the heritage of minorities, displaced peoples, and those whose cultures are characterised by oral traditions and dance, can be more fully and accurately represented in traditional media and on the internet, and therefore more widely understood and appreciated. In this way, the rights, needs and intellectual property of under-represented peoples will have a better chance of formal recognition and protection.

This image is from a Research-Inspired Arts initiative which aims, through collaboration between researchers, independent artists and the creative industries, to communicate research data, discoveries, questions and insights in new and exciting ways that will have more impact on policy-makers and the general public than traditional publications. See http://www.secularliturgies.wordpress.com for more details.

Dr Anastasia E. Somerville-Wong
Associate Research Fellow
School of Law

 

A Life Left Near Behind (Environment and Sustainability Category)

A Life Left Near Behind

A Life left Near Behind by Anastasia Somerville-Wong, is an image of the installation of a poem from the Poetry of Places project, a project exploring the ways in which we interpret and are formed and transformed by the natural environments we experience. The project uses fusion art-forms to convey the value to be found in the earth’s natural environments, particularly the value of these environments for our health and well-being, and frames this thinking from a human rights perspective.

Poetry of Places is part of a broader Research-Inspired Arts initiative which aims, through collaboration between researchers, independent artists and the creative industries, to communicate research data, findings, questions and insights in new and engaging ways that will have more impact on policy-makers and the general public than traditional publications. The focus is on three overlapping areas for positive impact: human rights, health and well-being and environment and sustainability. See http://www.secularliturgies.wordpress.com for more details.

Dr Anastasia E. Somerville-Wong
Associate Research Fellow
School of Law

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