Research web series for dialogue around policing and community

News Release Release Date: April 11, 2022 3:00 p.m.

The newly created Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET) at the University of Regina is inviting the public across Canada's Prairie provinces and beyond to a virtual conversation on policing, justice and theatre.

Nigeria-born, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, who is the Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre, the Director of the Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET), an Assistant theatre professor, and a theatre practitioner, whose career has seen him developing theatre in over a dozen countries across four continents, launches this research as one of the research mandates of his CRC. “Dialogue, Policing and Community” is a series of conversations between law enforcement, policy makers, scholars, artists and other community members. The six-episode web series seeks to create a space for respectful dialogue between police and community, to explore the challenges around community policing and address sensitive issues, from both western and non-western perspectives. This series is the first stage in the research project.

“Perhaps recent happenings, stories and findings have made the topic of policing very contentious, serious and sensitive. We are at a critical juncture where actions based on dialogue can offer us a nuanced and better understanding of ways to make our community equitable” Dr. Afolabi says. “The goal of the webseries is to open up a space for dialogue on critical issues such as the social dimensions of policing, police training and curriculum, and police reforms, among others.”

Dr. Afolabi says that the policing and theatre initiative recognizes Saskatchewan and the Canadian Prairies at large as a distinct region where the way both the land and the people have experienced policing is quite different from other regions in the country, and perhaps the world. “We need to talk about antiracism, race relations, the unmarked graves of children, confront the horrors and the hopes that are affecting us as a police-dependent society,” Dr. Afolabi says.“Through the process of conversation, the project hopes to facilitate a listening space and connect us through dialogue to address the challenges and hopes for change that will heal and strengthen relationships.”

The C-SET houses the Canada Research Chair research program of Dr. Afolabi and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation program, the University of Regina, and the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance.

For more information and registration, please visit www.cset.ca. For questions, contact Luba Kozak, Graduate Research Assistant and Communications and Research Projects Manager, at cset@uregina.ca.

The episodes will be held on the third Friday of every month (except April), beginning on April 22, 2022, until October 21st, 2022, excluding August.

 

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