Carol Dixon is a teacher, education consultant and academic researcher with interests in African and Caribbean diaspora histories, cultural geography and museology. She is a regular contributor to heritage projects, exhibitions and event programmes developed by the education charity Windrush Foundation, and has published a variety of creative teaching and learning resources for use in schools, museums, art galleries and other formal and informal educational settings.
Carol’s recently completed PhD thesis examined the ‘othering’ of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices. Case study research and field trips undertaken in France, Germany and the UK over a period of four years (2013-16) enabled her to complete in-depth visual analysis of objects and exhibits in collections of ethnography, as well as critique the aesthetics, materialities and cultural politics of artworks and assemblages displayed in museums of modern and contemporary fine art. She has published several essays, articles, exhibition reviews and comment pieces addressing these themes and interests in periodicals including Race & Class, Museums Journal, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, and CAA.Reviews.
For further information about Carol Dixon’s academic research, please read her portfolio on the University of Sheffield website (click here).
Additional details about current and recently completed education projects are also available online at the following links:
- Freedom to Believe – an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Theatre-in-Education initiative addressing aspects of Caribbean social and religious history and heritage (currently in development, 2016/17 – with school-based creative learning activities and TiE workshops taking place in London, Leeds, Burton-on-Trent, Durham and Newcastle throughout 2017). Web pages forthcoming…
- Dancing Maps – a collaborative project examining the cartographies of African and Caribbean dance heritage, conceptualised and developed by Dr Patricia Noxolo (University of Birmingham) in association with Ishkoka Arts, The Drum Intercultural Arts Centre, ACE Dance and Music and ‘H’ Patten of Koromanti Arts.
- Making Freedom – an exhibition project developed by Windrush Foundation in 2013 to commemorate 175 years since emancipation from enslavement for Africans in the anglophone Caribbean (on 1st August 1838).