Radical Methodologies Seminar: Systems Theatre with Tom Scholte, 5-7pm, Friday 20 January, Brighton UK

Where: South downs room, 3rd Floor, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN31FR

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/radical-methodologies-seminar-systems-theatre-with-tom-scholte-tickets-510688552207

Brighton’s Radical Methodologies Research Group is delighted to welcome Tom Scholte from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, who will be sharing their work in resolving systemic conflicts through theatre practice.

Scholte is a nationally recognized actor who has appeared in dozens of films, TV shows and plays. Recently, the UBC theatre and film professor has turned their attention to the role that theatre can play in resolving conflict and bridging division. As the artistic director of Conflict Theatre at UBC — a collaboration between Human Resources, the Department of Theatre and Film, and Equity & Inclusion — Scholte uses the tools of forum theatre to help faculty and staff work approach workplace conflict differently. By rehearsing new strategies for difficult conversations, Scholte says participants build resilience, empathy, and emotional intelligence.

Scholte is vice-president of the American Society for Cybernetics and their recent work has drawn on the creative arts to develop what they have termed “critical cybernetics”.

Brighton’s Radical Methodologies Research Group explores counter-conventional approaches to research and practice across varied contexts and disciplines. Centred in design, the group looks to question the roots of methodological assumptions (hence radical – from the Latin radix, or root) and to promote exchange between discourses that tend to get separated out by institutional, disciplinary and departmental structures.