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Urban School Performances: The interplay, through live and digital drama, of local-global knowledge about student engagement

USP is an international research project that examines how the relationships among culture, identity, multicultural/equity policies, and student engagement have an impact on the lives of youth in schools and communities traditionally labeled ‘disadvantaged’ in the cities of Toronto, (Canada), Taipei (Taiwan), Lucknow (India), and Boston (USA). This project brings together diverse cities to examine student engagement and pedagogical practices from a local-global perspective and to illustrate how such a mult-site ethnography is changed by arts-based, participatory, and digital/performative research methods. Bringing the social and the performative together, USP studies how youth are situated within certain performances and also perform- socially, academically, and artistically. The research examines both the cultural and everyday performances (of student/school life) and the artistic performances created by youth in the particular context of drama lessons. It is especially interested in understanding the interplay between youth’s subjective experiences of school in the context of globalization and the constructions of school policies, practices, and pedagogies. For further information, contact Kathleen Gallagher.