Keep Listening, Keep Talking #2 with Matthew Gough (2021)

Guest speaker Matthew Gough (dance artist, dramaturg, and senior lecturer at University of South Wales) speaks with hosts Sarah Whatley of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, and Sara Reed, independent researcher, writer and academic. The talk focuses on ‘equitable negotiations for cultural change’, through accountability and representation.

Matthew Gough’s session asked:

What does it mean to ‘live your values’ in Higher Education?
How can we develop a culture of intersectional thinking, and actions?
Who are we engaging in conversations of ‘change’, why ‘them’?

Cultural conversations seek to renegotiate our interactions as individuals, organisations, and communities. When negotiations are mediated and dominated by those in power, marginalised voices are assimilated into new exclusions. How do we ‘live our values’ to ensure equity within those conversations, relinquishing or using our privilege/power to enable transformative change.

Keep Listening, Keep Talking (2020–1) is a partnership initiative by Independent Dance, Dance in Higher Education, C-DaRE at Coventry University and Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey.