Changing The Story is a four-year international, multi-disciplinary project which asks how the arts, heritage, and human rights education can support youth-centred approaches to civil society building in post-conflict settings across the world.

This MIDEQ Share Out event focussed on arts-based methodologies, youth/participant led research and sustainability in two Changing the Story (CTS) projects: Pensamiento y libertad (Thought and Freedom) in Venezuela and Tribal Education Methodology (TEM) in Kerala, India.

Date and time

Tuesday 12th January 2021 from 11:00 - 12:30 GMT


  • 11:00 to 11:05 - Welcome - Professor Heaven Crawley, Coventry University, MIDEQ Director
  • 11:05 to 11:10 - Introduction to Changing the Story - Professor Paul Cooke, University of Leeds, Changing the Story Principal Investigator and MIDEQ Advisory Board member
  • 11:10 to 11:25 - Presentation - Pensiamento y libertad (Thought and Freedom) - Mila Pérez, University Central de Venezuela and Centro de Investigaciones Populares, CTS Co-Investigator; and Dr Katie Brown, University of Exeter, CTS Phase 2 Principal Investigator
  • 11:25 to 11:40 - Presentation - Tribal Education Methodology (TEM) - Dr. Sreenath Nair, University of Lincoln, CTS Phase 2 Principal Investigator
  • 11:40 to 12:00 - Conversation - Dr Katie Brown, Mila Pérez and Dr Sreenath Nair with Professor Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow, MIDEQ Co-Director
  • 12:00 to 12:30 - Q&A - open forum for questions and discussion with presenters, chaired by Professor Alison Phipps.


After a welcome from MIDEQ Director Professor Heaven Crawley, Professor Paul Cooke, Changing the Story Principal Investigator and MIDEQ Advisory Board member, introduced Changing the Story.

Mirla Pérez of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and Dr Katie Brown of the University of Exeter presented findings from the project Pensamiento y Libertad (Thought and Freedom), and other projects carried out by the Centro de Investigaciones Populares, about the impact that mass migration from Venezuela has had on the lives of young people, and the relationship between conflict and migration in the country. They also explored the ‘life stories’ metholodogy.

Dr Sreenath Nair (University of Lincoln) introduced the Tribal Education Methodology (TEM) project in Wayanad, Kerala, India, where multinational plantation companies and the movement of rich farmers to tribal lands has left indigenous communities landless and homeless, in lack of education and in poverty. Dr Nair looked at the ways in which art-based methodologies are used to address the development issues of Tribal communities, and how the South-led epistemologies and tribal cultural heritage have been integrated as powerful participatory tools to a develop TEM tool kit for sustainable curriculum for young people.

The presentations were followed by a conversation between Mirla, Katie, Sreenath and MIDEQ Co-Director Professor Alison Phipps, before Q&A and discussion.


You can follow MIDEQ on twitter on @MIDEQHub and Changing the Story on @Changing_story_