Karen is Senior Lecturer in Language Development and module leader for Research Methods on the MA in Creative Practice.  A graduate in English Studies, she holds post graduate qualifications in Dyslexia and Literacy and also in teaching. Karen works across the University’s undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Karen is studying for a doctorate in education at Sheffield Hallam University. Her thesis title is stories from an art institution: the writing lives of students with dyslexia. Her research method is narrative inquiry.

Her research interests are in developing links between writing and visual practice, particularly amongst students with dyslexia, through exploring both the student narrative and the institutional narrative. This research is ongoing and to date has manifested itself in published written, oral and filmed formats.  Karen is currently writing and delivering lectures and workshops on Writing as Part of a Visual Practice and on Narrative in Visual Practice, both within the University and externally.

Karen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her own practice is that of a short story writer.

Contact Karen on 0113 2028052 or email karen.tobias-green@leeds-art.ac.uk

Journal articles

Tobias-Green, K. 2015. ‘Portraits of a Queen: the photography of Paul Bennett- Todd.’ Journal of Arts Writing by Students, 1(1): 85-89.

Tobias-Green, K. 2014. ‘The role of the agreement: Art students, dyslexia, reading and writing.’ Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 13 (2): 189-199.

Tobias-Green, K. 2013. ‘Exploring layers of meaning.’ Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. 6 (2): 325-328

Practitioner journal publications

Tobias-Green, K. 2015. ‘Unpicking the past: Debra Roberts’ textile archaeology.’ Yorkshire Art Journal, January 2015 edition.

Tobias-Green, K. 2014. ‘I only see what the camera sees- the digital pinhole photography of Chris Ireland.’ Yorkshire Art Journal, November 2014 edition.

Tobias-Green, K. 2013. ‘Students with dyslexia, visual language and written language: forging links.’ Journal for Research and Practice in Adult literacy, RaPAL, Open Edition Summer 2013.

Tobias-Green, K. 2005. ‘Working with Non Traditional Learners’ Journal for Research and Practice in Adult literacy, RaPAL, Autumn Edition 2005.

Conference presentations

‘Challenging the cult of normalcy in higher education’, (paper delivered by webinar,) Is there room for mature learners in art education? Leeds Arts University (UK) and SIM University, Singapore, 3 September 2016.

‘Walls have ears, and they have voices too: positioning narratives in an art institution’, at the 12th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), Qualitative inquiry in neo-liberal times at the University of Illinois 18th-21st may 2016.

‘Under the radar: communities of practice, value issues and recognising the existence and worth of alternative pedagogies’ at the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) 44th congress Social Justice, Equality And Solidarity in Education, at the University of Helsinki , Finland, 9th-11th march, 2016.

‘Not dead yet: narrative and archive’ The Process Continues symposium, Leeds Arts University, January 2015.

Screenings/ Performances

Tobias-Green, K. 2016. ‘Walking in Urbana: 20 images.’ Walking Women, Live Arts Development Agency (LADA), Somerset House, London July 17th 2016.