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I was pleased to have joined the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work in April 2017. Critical Higher Education Studies is a multidisciplinary field which draws from and across many rich terrains, and so is well placed to harness the research, teaching and community engagement strengths of this School in particular, in addition to research clusters across Queen's University Belfast as we connect and collaborate across the world. Bringing these strengths to bear for transformative change in the majority world, in research and practice-based collaborations across institutional and national borders, is the primary impetus behind my 'work'. As such, I am committed to advancing Critical University Studies across Africa, from which I come.
Before coming to Northern Ireland, I was a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University, South Africa. I continue to be committed to the agenda of the transformation of higher education in my country of South Africa; and so am a research associate for the Chair of the Critical Studies of Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University.
Current projects include ‘Transformation towards sustainability in higher education: Interactional dynamics in gender and intersectionality’, with Dr Dhawan, Jadavpur University and Dr Idahosa, University of Johannesburg, which looks at the participation dynamics of academic staff in universities in India and South Africa, and asks how these reflect on the fitness-for-purpose of such institutions in driving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Another project explores Counter//Narratives of Higher Education, through short films about first generation academics in Angola, Syria, South Africa and India. I am also engaged in a number of collaborations with academics from Syria, through the Council of At Risk Academics. Within Northern Ireland, I work with the thinktank Migrant and Ethnic Minority Council.
I read for my PhD at Kingston University (London), under the supervision of Prof Emeritus Bernadette Blair and Ann Hulland. This was a transdisciplinary project drawing from literary theory and curriculum studies, to map interpretative approaches adopted at university deparrments of the creative arts within South Africa and England, to explore their significance for the conditions of creativity and agency for artist-students and their artist-assessors. You will note a number of the findings have been published and are accessible in the publications below.
My background is in fine art, having taught fine art studio practice as a practicing artist. This interest in creative arts education has continued in much of my research, from arts-based research approaches through to research into curriculum and assessment in creative arts education. I welcome collaboration in visual higher education studies.
As indicated in my research activity on this site, much of my current research grapples with the the politics of belonging, academic and artists' development; questions of authorship and interpretation; issues of agency; and the conditions for creativity and critical consciousness. Of necessity, this has involved engaging with the complications of systems of oppressions related to race, gender, marginalisation, misrecognition of peoples and delegitimisation of knowledges, which has led to studies on the agency of those within institutions of authority (particularly universities) and the machinations of power at a meso-and geopoltical level, including systems of in/validation through the powerful levers of assessment and evaluation (including funding).
Underpinning my intellectual and practitioner 'work' is a concern with the impact of interpretative frameworks - the ways in which their dynamics of power constrain or enable agency for social justice, and the significance of this for the academic project and artistic historic responsbility.
Against this tide, I am interested in how various levers and modes may act to develop and enable the conditions for critical consciousness and solidarity within these two potentially powerful groups of actors (academics and artists) who bear responsibility for representation in societies.
My particular concern is with contexts that are grappling with the legacies of post-conflict, widely defined, including post-colonial contexts. As such, I am currently working with those undertaking projects, networks and practitioner work in South Africa and SADC, India, East Africa, with academic refugeees in Turkey, and a number of other projects.
One of the continuing projects is:
PROJECT TITLE: A Higher Education Studies Arts Archive
This is an online archive which places links to international ‘texts’ (art, music, literature, happenings etc) alongside each other, across various contexts, perspectives and times, which touch on the messiness of lived experience in higher education. I started it in South Africa, when I found that formal Higher Education courses provided the space for academics and students to engage dispassionately, but that more was needed to create possibilities for opening to diverse experiences, understandings and contexts. I felt, informed by my fine arts background, that more figurative texts might better enable the liminal and affective engagement necessary for substantive ‘challenge’ of the norms which are taken for granted in education. As the link is publically accessible, it provides an informal place of international dialogue across borders.
See here for a recent project where counter-narratives were generated through creative arts research practice, in collaboration with Analogue Eye: VIdeo Art Africa.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Belluigi, D. Z., 25 Aug 2022.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review
Belluigi, D. Z. & Taylor-Beswick, A., 2022, In: Research Intelligence. 151, p. 38-39 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Co-creating an arts-based eye health education strategy in Zanzibar: process, outcomes and lessons learntChan, V. F., Belluigi, D., Yong, A. C., Mulewa, D., Govender-Poonsamy, P., Graham, C., Mashayo, E., Graham, R., Price-Sanchez, C. & Omar, F., 06 Sep 2022, In: BMJ Global Health. 7, 9, e009317.
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Belluigi, D. Z., Jun 2022. 8 p.
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Transcripts and workshop notes from Zanzibar Arts for Children's Eyesight (ZANZI-ACE) to build the Theory of Change model and co-create arts-based eye education
Belluigi, Dina (Recipient), 2017
Prize: National/international honour
ESRC Impact AA funding to establish an Experts Group on research about Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Northern Ireland
Belluigi, Dina (Recipient), 2020
Prize: Other distinction
Belluigi, Dina (Recipient), 2019
Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively
Introduction to the research project 'Academic Research Responsiveness to Ethnic Minorities and Migrants in Northern Ireland'07 Dec 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Education is in a State: Exploration of In/Equalities Shown in Statistical Data of Academic Staffing in UK Higher Education07 Sep 2022
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Dina Belluigi (Organiser), Lorna Montgomery (Organiser), Nicci Hayes (Participant), Alison MacKenzie (Participant), Lucky Kunene (Participant), Nwabisa Mkosana (Participant), Dina Belluigi (Participant), Patricia Muhuro (Participant), Sultan Turkan (Participant), Nozuko Heide Kuhlane (Participant), Mel Engman (Participant), Jennifer Roberts (Participant), Kelly Long (Participant), Anathi Lubisi-Koko (Participant), Thanduxolo Nomngcoyiya (Participant), Michelle Butler (Participant), Sifingo Mbona (Participant), Akhona Maqungo (Participant), Ntombovuyo James (Participant), Nqobile Msomi (Participant), Joanne O'Keeffe (Participant), Gavin Duffy (Participant) & Gareth Robinson (Participant)21 Jun 2022 → 27 Jun 2022
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, courseFile