Hope Sara Bachmann

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.

You can connect with me on Twitter here!

Research interests

My thesis project looks at the deficit of solidarity between host communities and refugees and asylum seekers, and how storytelling and arts engagement can ameliorate that gap. To date, the literature surrounding this topic makes an assumption that storytelling and arts engagement provide an environment and opportunity for solidarity to grow and foster between disparate groups, but there is little evidence or research to explain why or how. By working with Opera North and examining their practices as a Theatre of Sanctuary, I will be exploring if and how arts engagement can straddle the divide in society between host communities and refugees and asylum seekers and create solidarity.

For those interested, you can find a growing feed of charities and organisations relating to my research here.

My research interests are

  • Arts innovation

  • Arts based practices

  • Analytic philosophy

  • Applied ethics

  • Cross-cultural studies

  • Marxism

  • Wittgenstein

  • Solidarity

  • Migration

  • Social cohesion

  • Relativity

  • Refugees and asylum seekers

Funded by the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH).


  • Foundation in Art & Design
  • BA Creative Writing & Philsophy
  • Integrated Masters Philosophy