The Research Centre for Transnational Creativity and Education (TRACE) is a distributed research centre facilitating innovative ways of thinking and making together across more than one culture, epoch, subject or location.
Arts for Social Change
The Arts and Social Change group (ASC) brings together researchers across Bath Spa University whose work engages with issues of social justice and the facilitation of social intervention and change through the arts. The group is lab-based and its members engage with interdisciplinary approaches to making visible, interrogating and mapping societal structures of power and oppression, and to engaging ethically and efficaciously with marginalised individuals, groups, identities, bodies and voices.
Intercultural Communication Through Practice
The Intercultural Communication Through Practice research group considers how cultural heritage is shared across borders and how knowledge is transmitted through arts practice. Acknowledging that individual and collective approaches to memory and identity determine how creative processes engage with place, space and time, members examine how cultural and environmental factors shape artistic and societal transformations.
Founded in 2013 by Adnan Mahmutovic and Bambo Soyinka, Transnational Writing is a joint endeavor of Bath Spa University, Stockholm University, the University of Adelaide and Redland University. This research network aims to bring a fresh perspective to transnationalism through new creative writing for cross-cultural, global audiences. To date, the group has facilitated three Transnational Writing symposiums – two in Stockholm and one in Georgetown. In 2016 parallel programmes in Transnational Writing were launched at Bath Spa University and Stockholm University to support the development of a new generation of writers in this field.
Creativity in Education
The Creativity in Education Research Group (CiERG) aims to advance understanding of the practice and theory of creativity. It aims to create dialogue with individuals and networks in order to have an impact on creative practices, theory and pedagogy, guiding decision making on matters relating to the curriculum, teaching and learning.
Empathy and Writing
Founded in 2015 by Bambo Soyinka and Maggie Gee, the inspiration for this group came from Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd's influential paper 'Reading Literary Fiction improves Theory of Mind', Science, October 2013. This paper puts forward an argument for literary fiction that could also be seen as a wider argument for the humanities, suggesting that reading about characters different from ourselves, and identifying with them, can increase the reader’s ability to understand the reality of other minds – ‘Theory of Mind’. This research network is made up of both staff and students and includes representatives from psychology and psychotherapy, neuroscience, sociology, nature writers, memoirists, novelists, script-writers and digital writers, and our first external member, neurologist Dr Omar-Al-Khayatt from Addenbrookes’ Hospital.