Seeing as an act of hearing: Making visible children’s experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic through participatory animation

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Abstract

‘Our Voices’ is an animation co-created with children aged 9-11 during the 2020-2021 global pandemic. A short, stop-start animation of children’s visual, audio and textual representations of their experiences, it offers a visceral account of the pandemic in England from the viewpoints of the child-artists. In including the animation in this inaugural issue of “Beyond the Text” we have two key aims. The first is to enable children, who have been barely seen and little heard during the pandemic, to voice their experiences in accordance with their aspirations. The second is to reflect upon the process of transforming creative data made by and with children into an animation that is representative of children’s diverse experiences and acknowledges their contributions in ways which enable audiences to engage through ‘seeing’. Accordingly, our accompanying text explores how, through a feminist ethics of care, we sought to co-produce an animation with children which delivers key messages from them and acknowledges their role as co-researchers while maintaining their anonymity. In describing our methodological and ethical practices, we aspire to make visible the relational, dialogic processes inherent in co-production, offering viewers a way of seeing the complexity of children’s experiences through the multi-layered affordances of participatory animation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociological Research Online
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Jan 2022

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