‘Research in a Box: A Toolkit for Activating Women in Sound’ is a project by Women in Sound Women On Sound (WISWOS) funded by Lancaster University. Rebecca Collins is working with WISWOS founder Linda O Keeffe to develop a loanable kit aimed at GCSE or A-Level school students that fits in with the appropriate curriculum and at the same time showcases resources used by researchers. Project aims include inspiring the next generation of researchers and assisting in the transition of pupils from school to university.
The aim of the box is to first, make practical interventions into the current pedagogical apparatus for the teaching of sonic technologies in schools, and second, to interrogate and generate the construction of virtual and physical sites of knowledge exchange on gender, sound and technology.
Discussions and focus groups with young women and teenagers at the WISWOS (Women On Sound, Women in Sound) symposia, which began in 2015, indicated that girls felt the model for the teaching of technology and music was inherently gendered and excluded their participation with these subjects. Recent research shows that it is increasingly clear that existing ideologies of gender and technology are being absorbed into pedagogical constructs shaping the teaching of music technology and influencing the perception of technology in general.
The loanable box will contain a series of toolkits for would be noise makers, tutorials on sound design, instrument building and live coding. We have commissioned women makers and composers to create tutorial videos for young girls to access, which will be located on a dedicated learning website. The boxes will be available from Lancaster University from September 2017.
With thanks to the core network for consulting on this proposal: Liz Dobson , Andrew Deakin (Octopus Collective), Milena Droumeva , Lisa Busby , Lilian Campesato , Isabel Nogueira