Dialogues for plurality—art-based exchange for strengthening youth's role as agents of change

Katri Konttinen, Enni Mikkonen, Mikko Ylisuvanto

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This chapter presents an interdisciplinary arts-based research with seven young people from asylum-seeking backgrounds as part of a wider research project: SEEYouth. This research is based on the dialogical process leading to the transformation experienced by the participants and authors. The chapter’s main research question is: How can interdisciplinary arts-based exchange with youth create pluralistic dialogue and strengthen youth’s roles as agents of change in their life contexts? The dialogue for plurality is discussed in the chapter through verbal, visual and embodied languages, which were the main analysis categories from the process. The chapter suggests that creative dialogue for plurality, including multiple forms of languages beyond conventional research knowledge production, can create a space for youth to express their concerns related to the obstacles they face regarding their inclusion and belonging. It also encourages shared reflections, creating new perspectives and strengthening youth’s role as agents of change in society and in their personal lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtistic Cartography and Design Explorations Towards the Pluriverse
EditorsSatu Miettinen, Enni Mikkonen, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Melanie Sarantou
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-28517-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-24516-4, 978-1-032-25823-2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2022
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies


  • interdisciplinary arts-based research
  • pluralistic dialogue
  • youth agency
  • asylum-seeking youth
  • social transformation

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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