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.

Research interests

The refugee crisis has been described as a crisis of solidarity (Ki-moon 2016). My thesis project asks what is solidarity, and how can it be fostered between host communities and refugees. By working with Opera North, newly recognised Theatre of Sanctuary, the project considers how arts engagement and storytelling create and sustain solidarity between host states and refugees. Drawing on a philosophical analysis of the concept of solidarity and empirical study of arts-based practices, I hope to make an innovative contribution to understanding issues of inclusion, refugee integration, and the potential of the arts to foster solidarity through engagement.

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