Dr Eleanor Whitcroft | University of Sussex;
Competition Sponsor: United Kingdom Research and Innovation
Awardee Year: 2023
“Re-imagining LGBTQ+ Multi-generational Communities” brings together older LGBTQ+ community members and university students. It aims to build and support LGBTQ multi-generational communities through visual arts workshops, befriending schemes, and community researcher development.
Central to this project is comics: a source of nostalgia, humour, and a useful multi-generational reference point. Comics also have a longstanding history which reflect generational and social change within the LGBTQ+ community. Reading, discussing, and creating comics is one way to bring together multigenerational LGBTQ+ communities.
This project aims to develop a civic engagement model for UK universities to embed multi-generational knowledge exchange in their curriculums, as a way of tackling mental health and isolation in both older community members and university students.