Alternative Outputs: Mediated and Arts-based theorising beyond the academy

Conference Highlights, Panels and Plenary
Social Theory, Sociology of Culture

Arts-based project outputs are making their way into traditional academic spaces, including recognition of their value by external funding sources and in tenure and promotion portfolios. This work, however, has a long history beyond the academy among activists trying to reach broad numbers and multiple audiences. This panel features those working within and beyond the academy who are engaged in projects of social change and societal critique, broadly defined. The format for the session will ask panellists to present some of their arts-based outputs and comment on the theoretical and political commitments that guide their work. Panellists will also be asked to speak about their objectives in producing arts-based or media outputs and the conversations they aspire to incite. Those interested in learning more about theorizing beyond the confines of ivory-tower articles and written outputs for their projects will find this session of interest for a number of reasons, including interrogating the connections between theorizing and arts-based outputs; considering the forms of various political engagements beyond academic spaces; and designing arts-based outputs.


  • SubMedia Collective: Jay-R (producer), L-Zee (producer)
  • Re•Storying Autism: Patty Douglas (Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph), Raya Shields (storyteller and collaborator)
  • Project CREATeS: Allison Crawford (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto)


Tags: Culture, Media Studies, Social Theory, Teaching Sociology, Visual Sociology

Organizer: Ariane Hanemaayer, Cambridge University and Brandon University