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Personal Statement

I am Lecturer in Education at the University of Strathclyde, teaching  undergraduate students in the areas of applied theatre, critical theory and research methods.

In my research, I am curious about the theory and practice of participatory art-making as a thinking & philosophical practice in educational research.

I like to map the pedagogical and socio-aesthetic engagement in participatory arts projects (in schools, higher ed & communities) and examine the wider educational, philosophical and political questions that emerge when people - children, young people & adults - create something together in film, theatre & animation.

I was Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London, where I taught Applied Theatre, critical theory and Directing for the BA Theatre.

Prior to that, I was Research Associate at the University of Glasgow for the 3-year, £2 mill - AHRC-large grant project 'Researching Multilingually at the Borders of the Body, Language, Law & the State', where I theorised the role of arts-based research/teaching approaches in multilingual contexts.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Researcher: the arts, pedagogy, research (theory, praxis).
  • CPD trainer: arts-based language teaching for primary/secondary school teachers; arts-based research for early career researchers; participatory filmmaking for community arts workers and teachers.
  • Documentary film & community arts worker: I have collaborated on a range of documentary films and particpatory filmmaking projects with filmmaker Simon Bishopp.
  • The documentary 'Scotland Our New Home' was the result of a participatory filmmaking project with young people from the New Young Peers Scotland group (hosted by YPeople Charity) who wanted to make a film to support other new young arrivals in the process of making home in Scotland.
  • Language teacher: I have taught German & English in secondary, tertiary and adult education in Scotland, Venezuela and Germany.

Research Interests

I have published on Bertolt Brecht's theatre of estrangement as a form of intercultural pedagogy & philosophical ethnography; the ethics of performative approaches in intercultural education; the role of filmmaking as a migratory research aesthetics; and neo-materialist arts-based education research.

My research interests include:

  • Bertolt Brecht's Theatre & Pedagogy
  • Participatory Art-Making as Educational Research/Thinking Practice/Philosophy
  • Neo-materialist Arts-Based Education Research
  • Critical/Utopian Pedagogy

Research/ Projects:

I have lead on a range of participatory filmmaking/digital animation projects with long-term collaborator filmmaker Simon Bishopp, funded through Creative Scotland and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Our current joint digital arts project 'Little Animation Studio' (LAS) is a partnership with care & education provider Harmeny Education Trust in Balerno (Midlothian) and the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and is funded through Creative Scotland.

I am part of the international 'Performative Arts & Pedagogy' project, comprised of a team of creative arts practitioners, language teachers and academics from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland and the UK. We are aiming at an increased awareness of (culture-) specific concepts and associated terminologies that are applied in Performative Arts and Pedagogy contexts. You can access our latest publication (open-access) here.

I am on the project team of the 'Creative Multilingualism: from Practice to Research to Education' research project (Feb 2020 - Dec 2022) at the University of Thessaly in Greece, led by Prof. George Androulakis and funded through the Greek Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI - ELIDEK).

I am a member of:

  • the Scottish Educational Research Asscociation (SERA)
  • the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

Teaching Interests

I like to teach and research on educational questions at the overlap of the humanities and the social sciences.

At the School of Education, I lead on the Social Issues in Education module and the drama strand of the Exploring Creativities in Practice & the Curriculum: The Arts modules for the BA Primary Ed/BA Education Studies. I contribute to the Film & Education and the Informal Education modules for the BA Education Studies and am a tutor for the Social Research Methods module.

Academic / Professional qualifications

I received a full PhD scholarship from the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, which resulted in a thesis that explored international students' intercultural experiences through a participatory, philosophical ethnography rooted in a Brechtian notion of Verfremdung (estrangement).

I hold an M.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies from University College Cork in Ireland.

My M.Ed. (Education, with English and German) comes from Universität Hildesheim in Germany, where I also qualified as a secondary (modern) school teacher for German & English in the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 200913 May 2013

Master of Arts, University College Cork (Ireland)


Master of Education, Universitaet Hildesheim (Germany)



  • Arts & Pedagogy
  • Community Arts
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Philosophical Ethnography
  • Critical theory
  • Arts-based Education Research
  • Philosophy of (Arts) Education
  • Community Education

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Research Output 2009 2020

Voice, autonomy and utopian desire in participatory filmmaking with (refugee) young people

Frimberger, K. & Bishopp, S., 18 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Film Education Journal .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
film production
6 Downloads (Pure)

Performative arts and pedagogy - a British perspective

Elliott, M., Fleming, M. & Frimberger, K., 13 Dec 2019, In : Scenario: Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning & Research. XIII, 2, p. 10-23 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
technical language

Activities 2012 2019

  • 17 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Journal peer review

Little Animation Studio: A digital animation project for children with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs

Katja FRIMBERGER (Contributor), Simon Bishopp (Contributor), Glasgow Galley of Modern Art (Contributor), Harmeny Education Trust (Recipient)
Oct 2019Jul 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

An Introduction to Participatory Filmmaking for Community Workers and Teachers (CPD Session)

Katja FRIMBERGER (Speaker), Simon Bishopp (Speaker)
25 Jun 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation