"Participatory democracy and research are often described in terms of ‘giving voice’ to marginalized subjects. But what happens when research communities attempt to attune themselves to forms of agency that do not possess a conventionally recognised ‘voice’ to be amplified? What new engagements between participatory research, artistic invention, and political agency are needed when ‘voice’ has to be created rather than simply amplified? Or rather, when new methods of ‘listening’ need to be invented?
- to advance practical and theoretical knowledge of the creative methodologies needed in order for participatory democracy and research to be extended to non-human and non-living actors;
- to demonstrate the essential role of arts and humanities approaches in challenging technocratic approaches to participation and demonstrating the creative work needed for participatory research to be genuinely empowering and transformative;
- to build a trans-Atlantic community of researchers and practitioners in this area."