Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to Disconnection, Division and Exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community

Lead Research Organisation: Buckinghamshire New University
Department Name: Fac of Society and Health

Abstract

Nationally, it is estimated that around 75% of Jews are affiliated to Synagogues. For many Jews religious practise involves an uneasy tension between modernity and belief in civil liberties/human rights; and Torah mandated rejection of non-heteronormativity. This project sets out to engage with LGBTQI Jewish participants to complicate the binary narrative of either observant Jew or someone who identifies as LGBTQI and in so doing explores the nature of community, belonging and community (dis) and (re)connection.

'Ritual Reconstructed' is inter-disciplinary in design, and includes a core of theological and philosophical conceptualisations, wedded to theoretical understanding of the nature and impacts of 'community membership' (and disconnection therefrom) viewed and theorised through innovative arts practices. The findings will then be treated to theological and practice analysis and re-presented as a vehicle for both policy and transferable religious practice development within the Jewish and other faith communities.

Judaism (and by extension Christianity and Islam which share a common root) is a religion in which traditional rituals and practices often marginalise members of the LGBTQI communities as a result of a presumptive heterosexuality. Despite this, religious traditions often play a key role in shaping identities, providing adherents with a set of values, hope and a sense of meaning. For members of minority ethnic groups who have experienced histories of disconnection, discrimination and exclusion and who are still regarded as in some senses 'othered' a sense of ethno-faith based disconnection from 'mainstream' society may also exacerbate a sense of 'difference' and division from other members of the LGBTQI communities. This may manifest as a sense of distance from LGBTQI normative social expectations and cultural values (i.e wishing to spend Friday night in a Jewish cultural/community setting; or tensions around being seen as 'religious' within broadly secular LGBTQI communities) adding to a set of multi-layered disconnections for individuals seeking to balance competing identities and social demands. Emergent progressive Jewish thought and discourse around ritual practice considers that it is possible to 'queer Halakhah' in a way which may indeed not rupture with tradition or be distinct from earlier forms of Rabbinic thought, enabling this project to contemplate non-linear and future oriented approaches to enhancing community well-being and re-connecting LGBTQI Jews to the wider Jewish community. The project will follow LGBTQI participants throughout the ritual cycle engaging with community members as they create and illustrate (on film) the processes of recreating ritual (e.g. LGBTQI Havurah; 'queer Seder'; alternative Purim parties and the incorporation of alternative translations into traditional Haggim (Yom Kippur/Rosh Hashanah) liturgy. The process of recreating ritual will lead to a film, presented in 'chapters', which may be used in educational settings, which will be launched at an end of project event in which philosophers, theologians and LGBTQI participants (some of whom may be members of the rabbinate) will discuss the meaning and process of such reconstructed ritual in recreating interleaved LGBTQI-Jewish identities. In addition, participants will engage with a 'ritual bricolage' project in which personally meaningful ritual objects are (re)viewed and presented through film, story, music or plastic art (in a format to be decided by the participants themselves), culminating in an exhibition which can be toured alongside the film product.

Planned Impact

There are a number of anticipated pathways to impact arising from this project (see below). While some will be self evident and emerge during and at the end of this project (e.g. the production of a film/on-line resources and symposia report) and will be clearly measurable (i.e by monitoring website unique 'hits', requests for further information, etc.) it is likely that other impacts will only become more obvious in the months and years ahead. In particular we anticipate slow change in relation to Rabbinic (and wider inter-faith) response to theoretical outputs leading (we anticipate) to a growth in discourse around queering text and LGBTQI/non-binary specific approaches to ritual practice. As such we would expect to measure demonstrable impacts from this piece of work across a number of years (tentatively emergent by the next REF) as the arguments and practices advanced within this collaborative project gain traction. This proposal has from the beginning benefited from specialist community knowledge which is inextricably entwined in the co-production/co-design of the project.

Main beneficiaries will be: LGBTQI Community faith-group members (primarily Jewish but also, following knowledge transfer/inter-faith engagement, members of other faith communities). In addition to the anticipated tangible benefits of participation for individual participants (which will be reviewed via feed-back surveys and analysis of the outputs from the bricolage project e.g pertaining to sense of confidence or increased belonging in 'queer' faith communities) this project will have wider implications in terms of changing practise and opening up dialogue on LGBTQI and ritual involvement. For Jewish (and wider faith-group) members of LGBTQI communities who are not involved in this project, or who may be isolated from community members as a result of location or rejection by their faith community, the availability of resources via the website and ability to contact Knan/ Rainbow Jews (or appropriate faith specific support and advice hubs which may exist or come into being) will also reduce isolation; potentially enhance intra-community cohesion; and increase knowledge of resources and emergent theological thinking. Organised civil society groups (eg international LGBTQI faith groups) will be able to draw upon materials and use the outputs as a way of commencing dialogue with Rainbow Jews/Liberal Judaism and wider faith communities in relation to inclusion/equality matters.

Rabbinate/Wider Clergy will be able to engage with the theological outputs as a way of opening dialogue within their communities; in seminaries/training colleges and amongst themselves, with a view to exploring the inclusiveness or otherwise of faith based ritual and degree of openness to LGBTQI community members/'queer' or alternative approaches to liturgy etc.

Academic (faculty and students) See relevant section of the Je-S form for more detail re impact. Partners in the project have significant international connections (e.g Canada/ South Africa/ America civil society and HEIs) which means that potential exists for subsequent follow-up faith/identity projects.

Policy community (e.g individuals/groups focused on equalities/well-being, including the EHRC) will be able to draw upon the more general discussions/outputs with regard to the implications and impacts of intersectional exclusion of LGBTQI members of minority ethnic/faith communities resulting from heteronormative expectations. It is anticipated that health and wellbeing policy and practice teams may find the data around social isolation and impacts of 'enforced loss/rejection' of some elements of community for 'out' LGBTQI faith group members (as well as information in relation to the impact of potentially competing identities as LGBTQI/member of a faith community) relevant in terms of supporting clients around faith/religious identity.
 
Title Artwork, blogs/poems - created as part of Ritual Bricolage activities 
Description Within the Ritual Bricolage elements of the website can be found artwork; poems; music and blogs created by participants to explore their LGBTQI and Jewish identities 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact 2015-2016 and some additional materials are still being received as we are deliberately leaving this element of the website open for additional contributions. Impacts consist of the fact that participants explore their multiple identities and feel empowered to discuss how they are able to engage with being LGBTQI and Jewish in some cases for the first time in semi-public space. 
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/category/blogs/
 
Title Film of final showcase event (24-11-15) 
Description Film of the three events which formed the final showcase event for RR (discussion panels, performances and screening of films) 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Ongoing evidence of downloads of materials and screenings of some elements of these films in disseminations activities detailed elsewhere on this database 
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/end-of-project-showcase/
 
Title Ritual Reconstructed Outputs (Film of the Ritual Year) 
Description A series of five short films created which illustrate the Jewish LGBTQI ritual year. These are all available on the Ritual Reconstructed website. For security reasons given that participants may be regarded as potentially being at risk as individuals who are LGBTQI and Jewish - we require a form of simple registration on the Ritual Reconstructed website to view these products produced by CI Searle Kochberg of the University of Portsmouth and his team of students. The five films (illustrative notes are linked to the films on the website and also available via the 'publications' link on ResearchFish) deal with the following themes: FILM 1 Transgender Day of Remembrance FILM 2 AIDS Memorial Day FILM 3 Queer Purim Spiel (and FILM 4 follow-on focus group on camp/ Jewish ritual/queer performance) FILM 5 A Pride Seder 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Key impacts to date have involved levels of interest/discussion on screenings of extracts/complete films to a) Jewish b) LGBTQI and c) student audiences at respectively: Brighton Conference on visual methods (September 2015) Final Project Showcase (November 2015) Jewish and LGBTQI audiences LGBTQI History month screenings (University of Portsmouth, 3/2/16) - student/staff audience LGBTQI History month screening (Buckinghamshire New University, 5/2/16) - staff, student, external equalities officers Italian international seminar (University of Foggia) on LGBTQI and Faith communities - 17/2/16 - academics, community activities, state and regional equalities teams professionals, students. Debate has overwhelmingly focused on the specificity of the Jewish LGBTQI experience and how this varies from other Abrahamic faiths in relation to interpretations of theology; scope for transfer of techniques used in the films; well-being impacts of giving 'voice' to potentially marginalised communities. 
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/category/rr-outputs-notes-to-videos/
 
Description Whilst the information recorded below remains essentially similar as can be seen from our updated report we have been not only actively involved in ongoing dissemination but have also had an increase in external facing engagement with 'other' teams of researchers; and practice focused engagement for example input to development of university projects, input to Athena Swan applications re trans policies and development of ongoing links with LGBT migrant/refugee organisations. This is in part through spin out activities associated with members of our team such as the successful application by Shaan (supported by Greenfields) for the Rainbow Pilgrims study funded by the Heritage Lottery. This project draws upon lessons learnt in part through RR in relation to people of faith and migration trajectories.
In terms of publications and other activities such as applications for folow-on funding 2016-17 was a very slow year as Greenfields was unexpectedly hospitalised and required surgery in July and was only able to return to work on a phased recovery very late in the year. She was then involved in caring responsibilities for much of 2017 which impacted her working pattern. In addition Milne (CI) was also hospitalised and off work for some time late in 2016 limiting her involvement very significantly in later elements of the project whilst Kochberg was very focused on his doctoral research from mid 2016 to late 2017. We have begun to produce and develop new publications from late 2017 with several more in the pipeline for 2018/19 - including collaborative publications with colleagues we've worked with on spin-off activities e.g. space, place, faith and queer identities.... Regrettably we were unfortunate on two occasions in our application for Catalyst funding to continue the activities identified collaboratively with community partners around migration/ political engagement and faith/identity. However we are still in discussion with colleagues and participants in relation to future applications to continue our work given the strength and commitment of the team of community members, newly 'recruited' members via spin-off projects etc.

We are in the process of developing a book proposal which will utlise themes which emerged from the RR project (2019) following on from a discussion with a leading publisher who saw a presentation in 2018 and was interested in our appropach to fiath/wellbeing and LGBT identities.
More publications are planned throughout 2019 as writing has been somewhat slow as a result of multiple other (ongoing funded) projects and tasks


Whilst we are still expanding and exploring themes which have emerged from this study (and are involved in ongoing discussions with community participants) the key elements which have emerged are as follows:
- The strength of Jewish LGBTQI identities (ie both 'Jewish' and 'LGBTQI') and desire by participants to be able to openly acknowledge a hybridised identity which incorporates and celebrates both faith/cultural identity and sexual orientation.
- The central role of Progressive Rabbinic authorities and individual Rabbis in supporting LGBTQI equality in both community spaces and liturgical usage/theological debate. nb future impacts/outputs will build upon findings and experiences of the theological roundtable 'queering Halakah' discussion held in November 2015 in which Rabbis who are members of Liberal Judaism participated in an audience discussion. nb Liberal Judaism is a full partner in the RR project.
- An additional emergent stream of findings consists of narratives of migration influenced by LGBTQI identity and the impacts on both individual and community development of such intra and inter-national migration.
- The potential inherent in interpretative liturgy and religious text/theological documents to ensure inclusivity of LGBTQI people of faith - and that dependent upon context/audience such use of liturgy can be 'mainstreamed' - a theme which is emerging within the policy briefing/theology paper under review/amendment at time of submission of this return (February 2016)
- The value and potential for usage of arts and humanities techniques in foregrounding multiple identities and enabling and illustrating an exploration of complex themes and activities
- The variability depending on faith orientation (e.g. for 'secularists' and some people of other Abrahamic faiths discussions on combining LGBTQI/Faith identities are outwith common discourse in community settings) and indeed denominational approach in relation to how and where LGBTQI identities are able to be discussed and presented.
- The impact on wellbeing of 'having a space space' and being able to identify publicly as LGBTQI and a person of faith. nb: a significant number of participants referred to depression/mental health impacts associated with having to 'choose' between religious identity and/or their identity as someone who is LGBTQI
- The impact of feminism on Jewish lesbian identities and relationship to social action/ being 'out'
- Gendered differences in how and where an individual felt safe in being 'out' as a Jewish LGBTQI person
- That migration as a theme was a surprisingly strong element of LGBTQI Jewish identities - even for those participants whose families had been residence in the UK for a number of generations. Thus connections to place of origin/diaspora; sense of home; ability to be 'out' in country/location of origin varied but were often associated with 'journeys' in LGBTQI identity as well as 'Jewish/faith journeys'
- The connection in discourse and perceptions amongst participants in relation to social justice and LGBTQI identities
- The value placed on the development of 'new rituals' - as shown on film in the Ritual Reconstructed website by participants as 'reconstructed ritual' enabled the celebration/commemoration of entwined LGBTQI and Jewish identities.
- The degree of interest in the overall project within the Jewish world (including some Orthodox participants) as evidenced by invitations to present our activities as leading Jewish venues such as the Jewish Museum London; JW3 (Jewish community centre who became additional community partners part-way through the project) and some coverage in the Jewish press. In addition, project members have been invited to speak on RR in Israel and Italy demonstrating international interest. Website views have emanated from as far afield as Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain and we have received emails from Australia and America congratulating us on the initiative indicating the scope for further development.
- That there is a real potential for utilising performance and arts based activities to build and strengthen community where there is exclusion or disconnection. (see below under Impact re emergent feminist Jewish performance arts groups which has come into being amongst participants in the project)
- That there is a developing interest in hosting a touring exhibition of outputs from the project (films/photographs) with several synagogues; some student unions - contact made during LGBTQI History Month 2016 - and Jewish community centres entering into discussion on such activities. Exhibitions are expected to take place in 2016-2017
Exploitation Route We still wish to complete a number of publications as outlined in the initial application - for example journal papers which will explore in more depth themes which arose during activities and through re-analysis of focus group data etc.
Outputs will therefore continue to be uploaded to the website (address given above) in line with the commitment included in the original funding application.

Whilst key findings are given above, we feel that there is particular scope to expand/develop on themes of the impact of a separation from culture and heritage and depths of exclusion experienced by LGBTQI people of faith when they feel cut off from their religious identity as a result of conflicting expectations and social identities. We will be expanding upon wellbeing and health outputs in terms of publications and also within anticipated follow-up activities and consider that colleagues might also wish to interrogate faith/wellbeing and sexual orientation in future projects given the prevalence of discourse on psychological wellbeing/ill-being which arose within discourse on exclusion and (re) connection.
In particular we will seek to develop inter-faith initiatives to examine the scope for transfer of knowledge and collaborative developments with Muslim and Christian counterparts and would suggest that elements of inter-faith cross-cultural transfer of concepts could be expanded upon by others.
One theme which has proved of great interest albeit outside of our anticipated remit, was the influence of feminism (2nd wave/1970s) on Jewish lesbian women influencing both their challenging of gendered expectations and roles as well as political and social action activities and this may be of interest to historians who wish to collaborate on such a project with team members or independently.

We hope to reapply for relevant follow-up or catalyst funding in the coming year+ to continue to develop themes emerging through the on-going activities associated with this project and the 'spin-offs' with which we have engaged and will continue to develop opportunities to showcase the potential for use of the work on wellbeing with a range of international agencies as possible.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

URL http://ritualreconstructed.com
 
Description In 2018-19 Since 2017 we have worked increasingly closely to develop innovative narrative discussions and collaborative opportunities with colleagues in the AHRC EDP project - we are currently working on mapping of inter-faith uses and approaches to temporality and use of space - developing multi-dimensional modelling with the intent of feeding this back further into EDP activities and production of articles/books - see other outputs. Importantly, since late 2018 as a result of Greenfields' international Fellowship at HUJI, we have begun the task of taking back our findings into religiously conservative (Jewish and Muslim) communities to begin - discreetly - to engage with issues around faith identity and imapcts on wellbeing and mental health of LGBT people who are excluded from full integration and active membershop of their communities in the Middle East. This is slow and ongoing work but has the potential to open up wider areas of community engagement and wellbeing - for example as a follow-up to the practice based workship which Greenfields participated in during January 2019 in Jerusalem and there are indications of emergent networks of practice with religious groups in Israel/Palestine who are delivering mental health and support services and who were entering into dialogue with us as a result of use of some of the findings from RR in a closed workshop Whilst the discussions below are still pertinent as per our updated submission we have been extremely active in terms of engaging with a wide range of community groups and practitioners for example input to development of trans and faith awareness policies within our institutions for both staff and students (Bucks and Coventry); engagement with Refugee and Asylum Seeking groups and raising awareness of theological innovations and practices of liberal rabbis in relation to LGBT+ issues through public facing conferences in Amsterdam (Pride events and the Faith Boat/Coexist project) and Liberal Judaism's Biennial Gathering (2016). Although funding precluded active attendance at a conference on LGBT and faith/student activities we were invited to participate and entered into dialogue with the organisers of the event in Birmingham with such discussions being cascaded through back to students and youth groups with which team members are partnering in a range of projects - including the Heritage Lottery funded 'Rainbow Pilgrims' which explores faith, migration and LGBT identities (2017-18). We've in the last year also worked closely with another AHRC funded tea/colleagues in relation to dimensions of physical space and faith identity - the Empowering Design team. This has added a new dimension to both theirs and our work and has led to the development of active inter-faith engagement around use of synagogue/church space and inter-faith dialogue. We continue to develop activities and engage with community and academic partners in the UK and beyond and this segueing into activities around portable (and emerging) faith identities post transition for Trans people and refugees at risk. Whilst it is difficult to quantify the impact of our work on RR in supporting these activities and debates they are recognised and several agencies and groups have made reference to us in debates and inter-faith contexts on the influential nature of our work. An inter-faith panel was convened as part of Rainbow Pilgrims at a conference in BNU in February 2018 which was open to diverse migrant/refugee/community groups. Although the broad theme was in supporting LGBT people of faith within a context of organised religion the Jewish participants were actively engaged with the theological modelling we developed within Ritual Reconstructed and hence shared this learning in dialogue with Christian, Muslim and Humanist delegates and panel members. As anticipated when this project was first commenced, there is likely to be a relatively slow lead-in until maximum impact is achieved. However, since the mid-point of the project (summer 2015) we have been increasingly approached as a team to engage in both public community dissemination reaching across Jewish denominations; and internationally, to raise the issue of LBTQI Jewish identities in a public forum. Inevitably much of the publicity has been associated with events such as Pride Month (June 2015, and 2016) and associated ongoing activities which reflect upon RR within Rainbow Pilgrims (see updated submission). Team members from both academic and community partners (Knan and Greenfields) have been participated by invitation in international radio broadcasts at earlier phases of the project and the importance of this project and strength of consistent academic partnerships has been recognised by Heritage Lottery in supporting the Rainbow Pilgrims project see further: https://bucks.ac.uk/news/2018/march/lgbtqi-conference-at-bucks. Supporting information and news outputs in relation to earlier activities and outputs have been uploaded onto the Ritual Reconstructed website and can be viewed at: http://ritualreconstructed.com/) (for example recognition in both the UK and Israel of the ground-breaking work of RR. In addition, emerging in part from the interest generated by the RR project and the involvement of a number of our community collaborators in a simultaneous photographic exhibition project (unrelated in terms of funding but with some cross overs as a result of Community Investigator Knan's key role) on LGBTQI Jews; as well as the fortunate coincidence that LGBTQI History Month in 2016 was themed around religion and faith; the team were invited to participate in a themed 'Queer Purim' event at the London Jewish Museum in March 2016 http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/whats-on?item=717. This event includef screening of clips from the 'Purim Spiel' film made for the RR project and a discussion on how Jewish identity is represented in religious and cultural contexts. That event was be covered extensively by the mainstream Jewish press. On particularly impressive impact has been the development of a feminism Jewish/queer performance/support group of lesbian participants in the project have used their arts based input to the project to begin to develop poems, performances and narratives which they wish to bring to a wider audience which will enable representation of lesbian, feminist, Jewish identities through performance mediums.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Incorporating learning from Ritual Reconstructed into formulation of updated Trans policies and updating supporting students in relation to faith/LGBT/migration issues (and intersectionality) in the context of BNU policy reviews
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Active involvement in updating policies within the university which support LGBT issues; supporting students in relation to faith identity and developing community champion models. These activities are embedded both in emerging WP policies but also in relation to our equalities and diversity outreach and policies and procedures. Whilst the development of policy and internal practice in relation to student engagement, WP for highly diverse groups (including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller and LGBT populations from minority groups) obviously draws upon a range of knowledge and skills activities possessed by myself and team members - the activities undertaken within Ritual Reconstructed and the feed-back from sharing on this with students, colleagues and particularly during presentations in other HEIs - (i.e. Portsmouth and University of West Scotland (see presentations listed under engagement for 2016-17) have proved particularly important in terms of awareness of trans issues. Trans members of the Ritual Reconstructed project for example came and presented to the equalities team, supported development of our emergent policies and were active in LGBT history month at BNU.
 
Description Practice Discussions and Engagement with mental health/wellbeing agencies working with 'religious communities' in the Middle East - as well as emerging connections with specialist LGBT services
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Output from Greenfields' presentation on work completed by the team. See under submission in relation to closed innovative workshop at HUJI in relation to discussions on faith/religious identity in the Middle East. Although we are at an early stage of development with the planning for the workshop having taken some time to come to fruition and the workshop itself being held 'privately' within a session hosted at HUJI that it took place at all and with a relatively large turn-out of service delivers and practitioners from religious communities was telling. A number of conversations took place afterward with service deliverers who are interested in the way in which religious leaders were engaging with LGBT identity and wellbeing factors. I have been invited to participate in further discussions with colleagues and four practitioners/researchers explored the potential for over time developing a comparative project in relation to mental health/wellbeing and sexual orientation amongst religiously oriented conservaitve faith groups in Israel/Palestine - discussions which will continue along with planning of potential practice innovations. As a result of the presentation Greenfields (January 2019) - and latere in 2019 Kochbeg and Shaan - will be meeting with a practice/service organisation in Israel which works with both Muslim/Palestinian and Jewish LGBT people in relation to sharing of learning from RR and how service delivery which is by definition 'discreet' in the context of religious communtiies in the Middle East can be enhanced further.
 
Description " PLACES THAT PROGRESS" SYMPOSIUM on LGBTQI inclusive physical and virtual location - community and academic networking (cost of registration + travel) for Greenfields and 2 community participants to present on RR project
Amount £140 (GBP)
Organisation University of Brighton 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description Association of American Geographers - Enrichment Funds (conference grant) - providing funded conference place for Greenfields and community collaborator Knan to present in San Francisco in 'Creative Approaches to Researching Religion in the City' stream
Amount $840 (USD)
Organisation American Association of Geographers 
Sector Learned Society
Country Unknown
Start 03/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description Funding provided from EDP (CC) award held by the OU - to convene two specialist workshops - invited to access this stream of income by major award holders to support workshops (noted under collaborations)
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description Heritage Lottery - Rainbow Pilgrims - spin-off project on migration and LGBT people of faith. Hosted by Liberal Judaism with BNU as academic partner. Minimal income direct to BNU for hosting conference
Amount £72,100 (GBP)
Organisation Heritage Lottery Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
 
Description University of Foggia, internal funding scheme to support collaborative development/presentations (PI invited/funded to present at international seminar on LGBT/Faith issues and to discuss/commence development of application with colleagues from ES and IT
Amount € 450 (EUR)
Organisation University of Foggia 
Sector Academic/University
Country Italy
Start 02/2016 
End 02/2016
 
Title Ritual Bricolage (multi-method tool) 
Description This multi-method research tool is under further development. Essentially it consists of utilising items and narrative/performance/arts/music to trigger a stream of consciousness or thought which is reflected in a blog/artwork or oral piece to explore how the item becomes 'greater than the sum of the whole' through incorporating meaning linked to both LGBTQI and Jewish identity. See further: Greenfields, (2015) 'Ritual Bricolage Explained' on the Ritual Reconstructed website. This piece and discussion on outcomes will form the basis of a methods paper currently under development to be submitted for publication in late Spring/early Summer 2016. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact We have been fascinated by the strength of this method/research tool which has been claimed by participants to the project to enable them to express and strengthen their LGBTQI and Jewish identity. One participant - see further under dissemination discussion - AHRC CC conference UEA in summer 2015 - credits participation in Ritual Bricolage Activities with enabling them to speak publically and participate in activities for the first time since suffering a breakdown in 2013. Clearly this method and impact requires further examination but at present it does show interesting psycho-social potential. 
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/ritual-bricolage-explained/
 
Title Ritual Reconstructed 
Description Dedicated website for the project. All materials (other than those which are recorded and retained as confidential as a result of undertakings given to participants - e,g, interview data and focus group transcripts - are available on this website. Materials include film, audio recordings; blog entries; photographic images; art-work and access to publications/outputs detailed above. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Impacts are developing from this database/collection of materials but we have received contacts from academic and community colleagues as a to explore and discuss the outputs and to request additional information (for example leading in part to the invitation to participate in the emergent international network on LGBTQI faith identities) as a result of the website. 
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/
 
Description Follow on collaboration with existing and new CC partners - 'Connected Communities' Catalyst Fund workshop application 
Organisation Middlesex University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborative working to apply (unsuccessful) for AHRC Connected Communities Catalyst Funding (unsuccessful but fuither applications to other funders will be made building upom our collaborative working)
Collaborator Contribution We have had a series of collaborative meetings with colleagues from Middlesex University to explore the potential for expanding upon our discrete research into LGBT community building. We anticipate that we will develop further applications which explore socio-political domains of engagement with LGBT people of faith and refugees/migrants around the challenge faced in the post-brexit UK. nb: Middlesex University are currently fund holders for an EU grant on Divercities - exploring the situation of LGBT people in a series of EU countries.
Impact Not at present although we are discussing the potential for joint conferences/presentations/publications
Start Year 2016
 
Description LGBTQI and Faith Engagement in Europe (working title for developing network) 
Organisation Complutense University of Madrid
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The RR research team - currently in the person of PI Greenfields but with input to follow as the process develops from other CIs - has entered into preliminary development of networks of colleagues working in the field of LGBTQI and faith identity in Southern (Catholic) Europe. Accordingly this constitutes the commencement of an interfaith network aimed at developing research proposals and undertaking collaborative/comparative research into the acceptance of LGBTQI identities in 'faith space' and the role/scope for LGBTQI people to meaningfully participate in religious activities which incorporate faith and sexual orientation identities. To date a seminar has been held which attracted significant local attention on Italy and a series of contacts have been made in relation to developing both the network and future collaborations further (the activities only commenced in November 2015). Additional contacts (academic and community) are being established in Hungary; Spain and Italy with the intent of expanding the network further and identifying research sites and cross-disciplinary input (e.g. interest has been identified amongst colleagues working in the fields of theology and psychology) .
Collaborator Contribution Invited by colleagues from the University of Foggia (Dr Rosa Parisi) to participate in the shape of the initial seminar; identify core themes with partners from Spain and Italy which offer scope for international collaboration and to work on developing a joint application in the late Spring/Summer 2016. [Collaboration commenced November 2015]. Nb the figures given above for the fiscal and in-kind contribution made so far by the University of Foggia are an estimate based on flight/accommodation costs paid for attendance for speakers from Universities in UK (PI Greenfields); Spain (Madrid) and Italy () and support in terms of refreshments, room hire; administration and support for the full day seminar.
Impact Collaboration/participation in Seminar on LGBTQI and Faith Identity at the University of Foggia, Italy 17-2-16. (Attendance of parties funded by the University of Foggia) The seminar attracted approximately 100 community and academic partners and is believed to be one of the first such events in Italy. Speakers included colleagues from the University of Naples; Foggia; Madrid and PI of the Ritual Reconstructed project Greenfields. Following the seminar intensive discussions have commenced in relation to outlining a collaborative research application to explore inter-faith and inter-national approaches to LGBTQI faith engagement with particular emphasis on social inclusion/wellbeing and the psychological impacts of participation in LGBTQI+ faith events. Funding is currently being scoped. The application will incorporate sociology; arts/humanities (with the intent of incorporating film-making as utilised in the Ritual Reconstructed project); anthropology and psychology/social policy.
Start Year 2016
 
Description LGBTQI and Faith Engagement in Europe (working title for developing network) 
Organisation University of Foggia
Department Department of Humanities
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The RR research team - currently in the person of PI Greenfields but with input to follow as the process develops from other CIs - has entered into preliminary development of networks of colleagues working in the field of LGBTQI and faith identity in Southern (Catholic) Europe. Accordingly this constitutes the commencement of an interfaith network aimed at developing research proposals and undertaking collaborative/comparative research into the acceptance of LGBTQI identities in 'faith space' and the role/scope for LGBTQI people to meaningfully participate in religious activities which incorporate faith and sexual orientation identities. To date a seminar has been held which attracted significant local attention on Italy and a series of contacts have been made in relation to developing both the network and future collaborations further (the activities only commenced in November 2015). Additional contacts (academic and community) are being established in Hungary; Spain and Italy with the intent of expanding the network further and identifying research sites and cross-disciplinary input (e.g. interest has been identified amongst colleagues working in the fields of theology and psychology) .
Collaborator Contribution Invited by colleagues from the University of Foggia (Dr Rosa Parisi) to participate in the shape of the initial seminar; identify core themes with partners from Spain and Italy which offer scope for international collaboration and to work on developing a joint application in the late Spring/Summer 2016. [Collaboration commenced November 2015]. Nb the figures given above for the fiscal and in-kind contribution made so far by the University of Foggia are an estimate based on flight/accommodation costs paid for attendance for speakers from Universities in UK (PI Greenfields); Spain (Madrid) and Italy () and support in terms of refreshments, room hire; administration and support for the full day seminar.
Impact Collaboration/participation in Seminar on LGBTQI and Faith Identity at the University of Foggia, Italy 17-2-16. (Attendance of parties funded by the University of Foggia) The seminar attracted approximately 100 community and academic partners and is believed to be one of the first such events in Italy. Speakers included colleagues from the University of Naples; Foggia; Madrid and PI of the Ritual Reconstructed project Greenfields. Following the seminar intensive discussions have commenced in relation to outlining a collaborative research application to explore inter-faith and inter-national approaches to LGBTQI faith engagement with particular emphasis on social inclusion/wellbeing and the psychological impacts of participation in LGBTQI+ faith events. Funding is currently being scoped. The application will incorporate sociology; arts/humanities (with the intent of incorporating film-making as utilised in the Ritual Reconstructed project); anthropology and psychology/social policy.
Start Year 2016
 
Description LGBTQI and Faith Engagement in Europe (working title for developing network) 
Organisation University of Western Brittany
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The RR research team - currently in the person of PI Greenfields but with input to follow as the process develops from other CIs - has entered into preliminary development of networks of colleagues working in the field of LGBTQI and faith identity in Southern (Catholic) Europe. Accordingly this constitutes the commencement of an interfaith network aimed at developing research proposals and undertaking collaborative/comparative research into the acceptance of LGBTQI identities in 'faith space' and the role/scope for LGBTQI people to meaningfully participate in religious activities which incorporate faith and sexual orientation identities. To date a seminar has been held which attracted significant local attention on Italy and a series of contacts have been made in relation to developing both the network and future collaborations further (the activities only commenced in November 2015). Additional contacts (academic and community) are being established in Hungary; Spain and Italy with the intent of expanding the network further and identifying research sites and cross-disciplinary input (e.g. interest has been identified amongst colleagues working in the fields of theology and psychology) .
Collaborator Contribution Invited by colleagues from the University of Foggia (Dr Rosa Parisi) to participate in the shape of the initial seminar; identify core themes with partners from Spain and Italy which offer scope for international collaboration and to work on developing a joint application in the late Spring/Summer 2016. [Collaboration commenced November 2015]. Nb the figures given above for the fiscal and in-kind contribution made so far by the University of Foggia are an estimate based on flight/accommodation costs paid for attendance for speakers from Universities in UK (PI Greenfields); Spain (Madrid) and Italy () and support in terms of refreshments, room hire; administration and support for the full day seminar.
Impact Collaboration/participation in Seminar on LGBTQI and Faith Identity at the University of Foggia, Italy 17-2-16. (Attendance of parties funded by the University of Foggia) The seminar attracted approximately 100 community and academic partners and is believed to be one of the first such events in Italy. Speakers included colleagues from the University of Naples; Foggia; Madrid and PI of the Ritual Reconstructed project Greenfields. Following the seminar intensive discussions have commenced in relation to outlining a collaborative research application to explore inter-faith and inter-national approaches to LGBTQI faith engagement with particular emphasis on social inclusion/wellbeing and the psychological impacts of participation in LGBTQI+ faith events. Funding is currently being scoped. The application will incorporate sociology; arts/humanities (with the intent of incorporating film-making as utilised in the Ritual Reconstructed project); anthropology and psychology/social policy.
Start Year 2016
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Connected Communities Soundings and Findings Conference, UEA 30th June- 2nd July 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The RR team submitted (in open competition) an abstract for the CC conference 'soundings and findings'. Community participants and research team members (academics) collaborated on a presentation to academics and other Connected Community participants (community members/activists/Community CIs) and AHRC staff. Questions and Answers/discussions occurred after our presentation and in various settings thereafter e.g. following workshops, over lunch, evenings, etc.
A fundamentally important output was the reactions of community participants one of whom reported that this was their first public speaking engagement in a number of years after experiencing a severe breakdown/depression. They reported feeling empowered and inspired but engagement in the project and having the opportunity to present publicly on their involvement in the Ritual Reconstructed activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://connected-communities.org/index.php/events/event/soundings-findings-connected-communities-re...
 
Description Blog on expert evidence/discussion at Israeli Parliament - influencing politicians in relation to LGBT policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Secondary blog piece pertaining to Knan's participation as an invited speaker to the Knesset (Israeli parliament) to discuss LGBT issues and work on RR activities).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/opinion-taking-lgbt-to-the-knesset/
 
Description CI Knan attended/spoke as an invited guest at the Tel Aviv Pride Event on Transgender and Judaism issues. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CI Knan was invited to speak about Transgender issues as a special guest at Tel Aviv Pride in June 2015. Knan was the only UK representative on the expert panel and met afterwards with politicians and policy makers in Israel. He spoke at this event on general Trans inclusion issues and his work on Ritual Reconstructed and another interlinked Liberal Judaism/LGBT community project with which was involved (Rainbow Jews). Whilst accommodation was paid for by the organisers of the event travel was funded by the RR project to enable participation and dissemination.
http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/rainbow-jews-founder-honoured-to-represent-uk-at-pride-conference-in-tel-aviv/

Knan also spoke about RR in community settings and showed clips of the first RR documentaries in the LGBT Community house in Tel Aviv before discussing outputs with LGBTQI activists in Tel Aviv and from Israeli wider community settings. As a follow up to this activity emails were received asking for more information from as far afield as Australia congratulating the RR team on this project.

As a result of this activity the PI was invited to record a short interview for Tel Aviv Radio on the project (see subsequent engagement activity).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/trans-visibility-and-empowerment-tel-aviv-pride-celebration-2015/
 
Description Conference/Workshop - University of Brighton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference Workshop symposium - "Places that Progress" 18th March 2016 - policy makers, practitioners, activists and academics event at the University of Brighton.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/places-that-progress-symposium-18th-march-2016/
 
Description End of Project showcase event - films, talks, performances - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This 'end of project' event - which took place 14 months after the beginning of the project consisted of an exhibition and three part showcase of the outputs of the project to date. The event was hosted by community partners JW3 (The London Jewish Cultural Centre) who joined the project part-way through as a result of the reports on our activities and provided support in kind by providing reduced price 'state of the art' premises and screening/media equipment and intensive publicity about the event through their media outlets. http://ritualreconstructed.com/event/ritual-reconstructed-end-of-project-event/

The event was public although had to be booked in advance to ensure security for LGBTQI Jewish participants at a time of heightened security. The day long activities consisted of :

- an exhibition of photographs, objects etc collated as part of the Ritual Reconstructed event (e.g. bricolage and photo-documentary) followed by discussion sessions with participants and the gathering of reflections on outputs;
- performances (story-telling; poetry; performance; song etc. ) by participants (including the read-through premiere of a new play by award-winning playwright Stephen Laughton 'Run' about being Gay and Jewish, which has since won critical acclaim at it's first full public run commencing February 2016; http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/review-run-the-vault/)
- a theological discussion on 'queering Halakah [Jewish law]' in which leading progressive Rabbis took part in a debate on traditional and progressive interpretations of liturgy and text and how to ensure meaningful inclusion of LGBTQI Jewish congregants
- a screening of the entire 5 film sequence concluding with a Q&A session with the PI and CI's Knan and Kochberg and audience members.
http://ritualreconstructed.com/ritual-reconstructed-showcase-event/

The entire end of project showcase event was filmed and an edited version of the day's event is available on the Ritual Reconstructed website at: http://ritualreconstructed.com/ritual-reconstructed-end-of-project-films/

Approximately 70 people participated in the day's events (excluding film crew and technicians/JW3 staff) some only attending for certain elements others staying for the entire day. In addition we have logged around 40 views on the website although it is not possible to know if these are the same or additional viewers. As such we have estimated the audience reached at this point although it is anticipated that this figure will increase as the films of the final event are viewed over time.

ADDITIONALLY SEE WEBPAGE
http://ritualreconstructed.com/category/end-of-project-documents/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/spectacular-diversity-showcase/
 
Description Evening event at London Jewish Museum - initially referred to in the narrative impact discussion - now uploaded to here as narrative impact updated 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In March 2016 the London Jewish Museum hosted a series of activities on performance and Queer Jewish identities as part of a Purim Event. The RR team were extremely represented within the evening of events - with screenings of the Purim spiel film, debates and performances which included performances by and created for our RR project - including by members of the lesbian performers group which had in part emerged from an identified need and RR activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://jewishmuseum.org.uk/whats-on?item=717
 
Description Film Screenings - RR outputs - for LGBT History Month 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Screening of films and Q&A session afterwards with the PI (Greenfields), a community participant and CI Filmmaker (Kochberg).

A number of extremely interesting discussions arose in relation to techniques of anthropological film-making, Judaism and Jewish denominational practice and an extended discussion on issues around transitioning as a community member (trans-woman) discussed her journey spiritually and as she transitioned from male to female, exploring and explaining disconnection and reconnection with her faith (Orthodox Judaism) as she underwent the journey. Equalities officers in the audience found this particularly helpful and reported that they would be able to use information provided to support trans students. The community member who participated has also been able to pass on and disseminate information to support students and has agreed to act as a role model/contact point if required for students of any faith or belief (or none) who wish to speak to a professional in a senior position who has gone through the process of gender reassignment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ritualreconstructed.com/ritual-reconstructed-research-documentary-to-be-screened-at-bucks-new...
 
Description How recognizing LGBT Jewish identities and ritual practice enriches the entire Jewish community [Broadcast on Israeli Radio/Audio blog] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Broadcast piece requested by TLV1 (equivalent of BBC Radio) in the follow-up to Knan's participation in Knesset sessions during Pride Month in Israel 2015. Discussion on the importance of LGBTQI inclusion and value to all of Jewish community. Short broadcast by Greenfields. As follow up received emails and contact from Israel and Australia in relation to the project and suggestions for how we should expand to other countries/value of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://tlv1.fm/talkbox/2015/06/07/how-recognizing-lgbt-jewish-identities-and-ritual-practice-enriche...
 
Description Internal Presentation to students on research methods and using innovative multi-media processes such as RR 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hour long seminar/presentation to research students and staff within our regular in-house research methods seminar series on creating REF Impact case studies and using diverse methods to engage with research participants which cross-cut disciplines and enable diverse performance and practice-based activities to emerge through co-production with participants. e.g. the way in which Ritual Reconstructed has enabled the development of arts/poetry based activities led by participants who had experienced mental health issues and used RR as a way of building confidence in public performance; the Rainbow Pilgrims project which involves a number of the Ritual Reconstructed academic/community team; and the collaboration with the Empowering Design project also funded by the AHRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited Speaker - seminar at UWE "Ritual Reconstructed: using arts and humanities practice to explore the religious lives of LGBTQI Jewish people in London" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited to speak at UWE seminar series in The School of Media, Culture and Society open to staff, students, senior management (for example Dean and PVC attended and engaged in discussions on faith, LGBT issues and student impact/educational implications of recognition of complex and multiple identities - as well as supporting trans students/participants in HEIs where there is a risk of multiply marginalisation re person of faith, LGBT etc) and wider participation including local LGBT organisation representatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Paper given at Proud In Europe? International conference 4/8/16 by community partner Surat Shaan Knan on behalf of the team (Panel E.4 Pride and Prejudice: Queer Connections between Sexual Minority Emancipation and Religious Change" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This paper should have been jointly presented by Greenfields and Knan to explore both 'academic' and 'community' approaches to theological engagement with LGBT issues within Judaism. As a result of Greenfields requiring emergency surgery very shortly prior to the conference our community partner Knan presented solo - which he found a challenge which he rose to extremely successfully - to an academic, practitioner and community audience.
This was a very large international conference With over 500 attendees in total) for which only 3 papers were accepted in each stream. As such it was a significant achievement to be selected to participate in this event and more so for our community partner to developed new skills in presenting and engaging in a somewhat different format from usual
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://aissr.uva.nl/research/externally-funded-projects/sites/content13/europride/europride.html
 
Description Participation and chairing panels for 'Twlight People' on Trans people of faith at Warwick University. Discussion and engagement around RR and exchange of views with Christian and Muslim trans people of faith 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Our key community partner (Liberal Judaism) were actively involved in a funded project exploring issues of faith for Trans people (across a range of faith groups). The RR team and Greenfields in particular were invited to participate in a conference and talk about RR and to convene/chair workshops and panel discussions around Jewish identity and practice.

As a result of discussions with an American academic exploring the intersection between faith and LGBT identity Greenfields, Knan and photography professional (additional team member) Humphries have been invited to attend a conference in the US in late 2017 as funded participants talking about RR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.twilightpeople.com/announcing-trans-and-faith-symposium/
 
Description Participation in International Seminar on LGBTQI and Faith (Italy, University of Foggia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact See under 'collaborations' for further details re seminar and network meetings/funding received to attend. Greenfields (PI) invited to speak at an international seminar on LGBTQI and Faith identities. This is a new topic of research in Italy and only one or two academics are believed to be working in the field, none of whom we are advised are engaged in non-Catholic LGBTQI Faith research. As such this was perceived of as a very important event enabling international and inter-faith discussion to ensue.
Significant support was afforded by local and regional Government and the University of Foggia - for example the seminar was introduced by the Dean - and local and regional politicians attended this event. Follow up activities - as discussed elsewhere in this research fish submission include the preliminary development of an international network to explore the issues further and consider transnational and inter-faith transfer of concepts; comparison of findings and to explore emergent themes of LGBTQI 'pilgrimage'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/956985694387380/
 
Description Participation in workshop activities (post LGBT history month but supporting debate around Transgender issues and faith identity - engaging with equalities teams and students/staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 2 x workshop sessions at Bucks New University as follow up to LGBT history month enabling discussion with students/staff and feed in to development of new Trans policy within the institution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation at 4th International Visual Methods Conference, University of Brighton 17th September 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at a conference on some film outputs and discussion on methods. Outline paper on visual methodology also produced which will form the basis of a publication to be submitted in March/April 2016 for a visual methods journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/visitbrighton/category/programme/
 
Description Presentation on RR (and follow-on Participatory Action Research activities/network growth) within staff professional development training day at Bucks New University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on methodologies and importance of network sustainability/growth of projects in new directions to academic teaching/research and research office staff. A workshop within a one day conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation with Ritual Reconstructed team colleagues at Birkbeck Conference 'Queer beyond London' December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact http://queerbeyondlondon.com/conference-programme/ - this conference enabled the 'team' to present on Ritual Reconstructed, Rainbow Pilgrims (spin-off project involving participants from Ritual reconstructed - Shaan Knan, Margaret Greenfields and Searle Kochberg) and develop an overarching narrative of migration within the context of queer faith identities which is the subject of a paper currently under review
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://queerbeyondlondon.com/conference/london-a-central-place-in-the-creation-and-consolidation-of-...
 
Description RR team members (Knan and Humphries and Greenfields - who was unable to attend re recovering from emergency surgery) Invited to participate in the Co-Exist 'Faith Boat' at the Amsterdam Europride Canal event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Having RR as attendees on the Faith Boat at Europride enabled our work to be seen and discussed by a very wide audience (media,. general public and LGBT+ communities at a highly visible and important public event. The Faith Boat in fact won the award for the most innovative/important float at the canal Pride parade further increasing our visibility as project participants
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.maryhumphrey.co.uk/project.php?pt=Q3XZRP226TVC9NVNIO
 
Description Screening of films and Q&A session LGBT History Month - University of Portsmouth 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Screening of films and Q&A discussion with Kochberg (Director) and Greenfields (PI) and predominantly undergraduate audience at the Univesrity of Portsmouth. A number of staff members - academics and equalities officers also attended the session.

Questions and answers were asked in relation to Jewish practice, denominational variance and theology as well as prevalence of LGBTQI role models within Liberal (Progressive) Judaism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://creativespace.cci.port.ac.uk/2015/11/24/ritual-reconstructed-reconfiguring-places-of-spiritua...
 
Description Team Member Knan - presenting at external facing event on Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers (hosted by Bucks New University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BNU hosted a half day/evening event on supporting Refugees and Asylum seekers. As one element of this event we convened workshops and had invited speakers exploring domains of asylum seeking and migration patterns. Knan spoke about sexual orientation as a reason for migrating/seeking asylum drawing upon our work in RR on migration patterns (emerged during focus groups) as well as linking to the associated Heritage Lottery Foundation funded project (commenced 2017) which Knan is leading and Greenfields is participating in as academic partner: "Rainbow Pilgrims" which explores narratives of LGBT refugees and migrants of faith
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/high-wycombe/refugees-and-asylum-seekers-acting-together-high-wyco...
 
Description Workshops (July 2017) emerging as spin-off from RR and engagement with colleagues working on AHRC funded 'empowering design' suite of activities to explore the use of synagogues as public/community spaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Workshop to support the Empowering Design programme. We enabled access to synagogue participants and places of worship and participated in themed workshops with both heterosexual and LGBT Jewish synagogue members on the place of a physical building in supporting community engagement and belonging within and across faiths.Interestingly although the invitation was at this stage explicitly tailored to Jewish participants several non-Jewish participants (Christian) took part in the discussion group/workshops. A publication is currently under development with RR and ED colleagues around themes which emerged during the day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://uopnews.port.ac.uk/2017/11/07/empowering-design-practices-blog-reveals-significance-of-faith-...
 
Description You Tube blog/teaching piece on visual ethnography 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact You Tube methods discussion on making ethnographic film discussing the RR project as an exemplar - personal and professional film-making journey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_DUjMO_Q0s&feature=em-share_video_user