Hope Sara Bachmann
Prior to moving to Leeds, I completed a BA in Creative Writing and Philosophy at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, followed by an Integrated Masters in Philosophy at the same institution. My thesis was titled Cultural Relativity in the Present Day: Can true understanding exist between subcultures? supervised by Professor David Cockburn.
Following this, I worked a variety of jobs including volunteer work at The Wallich on their Shoreline project, and as a support worker in a homeless shelter called The Huggard. I now work at the University of Leeds as a Postgraduate Researcher, funded by WRoCAH on a CDA scholarship.
My thesis project looks at how practices such as storytelling and arts engagement can facilitate pathways to solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers. There is a disjoint in understanding between the theoretical literature and what is going on in the world. I seek to construct a normative understanding of solidarity that reflects how solidarity is experienced and practiced by people. By working intimately with Leeds based opera company, Opera North, and examining their commitments and practices as a Theatre of Sanctuary, I hope to further elucidate the inner workings of solidarity and gain a better understanding of how arts based practices and arts organisations can contribute to solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers.
For those interested, you can find a growing feed of charities and organisations relating to my research here.
My research interests are
Arts based practices
Refugees and asylum seekers
- Foundation in Art & Design
- BA Creative Writing & Philosophy
- Integrated Masters Philosophy