Paul Cooke (University of Leeds)

Paul Cooke is Centenary Chair of World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Representing East Germany: From Colonization to Nostalgia (2005) and Contemporary German Cinema (2012). His edited volumes include World Cinema’s ‘Dialogues; with Hollywood (2007), The Lives of Others and Contemporary German Film (2013), with Marc Silberman, Screening War: Perspectives on German Suffering (2012) and with Rob Stone, Screening European Heritage: Creating and Consuming History on Film (2017). He is currently involved in an AHRC project exploring the role of film as a tool for the generation of ‘Soft Power’ across the BRICS group of emerging nations. Over the last few years he has run a number of participatory filmmaking project supporting young people to explore the legacy of ‘difficult’ pasts. This has involved working with the former main Stasi prison in Germany and groups of young people from Germany and the UK to explore the legacy of the GDR for our contemporary understanding of democracy, and young people in Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Johannesburg looking at the legacy of holocaust and its implications for our contemporary understanding of human rights. In addition to Changing the Story, Paul’s current projects involve working with marginalised groups in South Africa, Brazil and India to use filmmaking as a tool to challenge their nation’s ‘Soft Power narratives’, and working with public health professionals to use participatory arts to develop community-led solutions to the misdiagnosis of antibiotics in Nepal. 

Paul is also Co-Investigator on ‘Praxis: Arts and Humanities for Global Development‘ and ‘Community Engagement for Antimicrobial Resistance.’


Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items written by Prof. Paul Cooke are listed below:

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Changing the Story Participatory Development and the SDGsBlog (2017/10/18) Changing the Story Participatory Development and the SDGsProf Paul Cooke, , blog language-english subject-reflections
The Experience of Conflict: A transnational language?Blog (2019/05/16) The Experience of Conflict: A transnational language?Prof Paul Cooke, , , lebanon locationblog language-english subject-reflections youth
Storytelling to help develop creativity amongst young people in KenyaBlog (2018/06/01) Storytelling to help develop creativity amongst young people in KenyaProf Paul Cooke, , kenya locationblog language-english subject-reflections
WPS1 FINAL Post Participatory Arts for the Post Development EraThis first working paper “Post-Participatory’ Arts for the ‘Post-Development’ Era” is co-authored by Professor Paul Cooke and by Inés Soria-Turner. It represents some initial work undertaken during an international seminar …Inés Soria-Donlan, Prof Paul Cooke, , , , , brazil india locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education
Changing the Story in a MinuteIntroduction to Changing the Story project from Project Principal Investigator, Paul CookeProf Paul Cooke, film subject-reflections
Introduction to the final Changing the Story workshopAn introduction to the final Changing the Story workshop held in Leeds, 30th June-1st July 2022. Project Principal Investigator Professor Paul Cooke (University of Leeds) introduces the four key research …Prof Paul Cooke, , event united-kingdom locationfilm subject-reflections
Taking the Product Seriously: Questions of Voice, Politics and Aesthetics in Participatory VideoThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 12 of the book ‘Participatory Arts in International Development’ published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Daniela Wegrostek, Inés Soria-Donlan, Prof Paul Cooke, Sinethemba Makanya, article language-english
Transrational Communication through Participatory ArtsHear from Prof Paul Cooke and Dr Lou Harvey in conversation with Luke McFarline on their paper ‘Transrational Communication through Participatory Arts with South African Youth.Dr Lou Harvey, Luke McFarline, Prof Paul Cooke, , , , , south-africa locationaudio language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Intergenerational dialogue, participatory video and perpetrator memories in CambodiaThis article reflects on a series of participatory video projects led by young Cambodians that sought to engage and explore complex ‘perpetrator’ memories with the aim of building dialogue across …Dr Katie Hodgkinson, Dr Pete Manning, Prof Paul Cooke, , , , , , cambodia phase1 locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Cambodia workshopIn March 2019, Changing the Story hosted a workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia titled ‘Learning from the past with and for young people: Intergenerational dialogue, education and memory after genocide.’ …Prof Paul Cooke, cambodia event locationfilm
Challenging the Message of the Medium: Scaling Participatory Arts Projects and the Creativity Agenda in KenyaThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 4 of the book ‘Participatory Arts in International Development’ published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Jane Plastow, Prof Paul Cooke, Simon Peter Otieno, , kenya locationarticle language-english subject-participatory-arts

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