Dr Carol Ann Dixon is an education consultant and academic researcher with interests in African and Caribbean diaspora histories, cultural geography, museology, exhibition curation and contemporary visual arts. Throughout a successful career as an educator, spanning more than 20 years, she has designed and developed a number of heritage projects, exhibitions and event programmes for UK-based culture sector institutions and education charities, and has also 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 PhD thesis, completed in 2016, examined the ‘othering’ of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices. Case study research and fieldwork undertaken in archives and exhibition spaces throughout 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 and cultural politics of artworks and assemblages displayed in museums of modern and contemporary fine art. She has published several essays, journal articles, exhibition reviews and commentary pieces addressing these themes and interests in periodicals including Race & Class, Museums Journal, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Geography (The Journal of the Geographical Association, UK) and CAA.Reviews.
For further information about Dr Carol Ann Dixon’s academic research, and a list of publications, please read her research portfolio on the ORCID database (click here), or view her LinkedIn profile (here).
Additional details about current and recently completed education projects are also available online at the following links:
- Decolonial Dialogues – an online forum that was launched via WordPress in April 2020 as a shared space for advancing ideas and exchanging information about decolonial research methodologies, inclusive curricula and creative teaching and learning approaches across all areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The site was co-designed and developed by Carol Ann Dixon and Riadh Ghemmour (based at the University of Exeter), working in partnership with fellow early career scholars and educators based in the UK, France, Algeria and the USA. https://decolonialdialogue.wordpress.com/
- CARISCC (Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean) – an international, interdisciplinary research project and academic network funded by the Leverhulme Trust, comprising members and affiliates based at universities in the UK, continental Europe, the USA, Canada and the Caribbean region. The three-year project was launched in 2016 and managed by Dr Patricia Noxolo (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Birmingham, UK). As Principal Investigator, her primary focus concerned examining how issues of security and insecurity (‘in/security’) relate to each other, and how creative practice reveals these inter-relationships within the context of the Caribbean region and its diaspora. Carol Ann Dixon worked as the Network Facilitator for CARISCC from 2017 through to the end of 2018, whilst also co-curating several touring art exhibitions and contributing research papers on visual arts themes at conferences, symposia and networking events held in Birmingham, Leeds, London, Amsterdam and Kingston, Jamaica. Further details about CARISCC’s broader research outcomes are available online at https://cariscc.wordpress.com.
- Freedom to Believe – an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded creative teaching and learning initiative about the history of African-oriented belief systems and spiritual practices in the Caribbean region since the 18th century, proposed and led by the Caribbean history scholar Diana Paton (William Robertson Professor of History, University of Edinburgh) as the Principal Investigator. This innovative education project was developed throughout the academic year 2016/17 and featured the planning and delivery of a series of school-based history, geography and citizenship activities and a bespoke programme of Theatre-in-Education (TiE) performing arts workshops for young people aged 11-14 years, piloted (in partnership with Talawa Theatre Company) at secondary schools and academies in London, Leeds, County Durham and Newcastle. The full-text of the 84-page Education Pack researched and written by Carol Ann Dixon – titled, ‘Freedom to Believe: A Caribbean Social and Religious History Resource’ (University of Edinburgh/AHRC, 2017) – can be freely downloaded from the Teachers’ Resources section of the Freedom to Believe website: https://www.freedomtobelieve.info/education-pack/
- Making Freedom – an exhibition project developed in 2013 by the London-based education charity Windrush Foundation to commemorate 175 years since emancipation from enslavement for Africans in the anglophone Caribbean (on 1st August 1838). Carol’s 90-page Education Pack for this project can be freely downloaded from the “Resources” page on the Making Freedom website at http://makingfreedom.co.uk/