Becoming with Postqualitative and Transdisciplinary Ways of Knowing
Macarena Garcia-Gonzalez (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)
Paper short abstract:
In this presentation we reflect on a collaborative "research-creation" (Springgay and Truman) initiative by a cultural anthropologist, an ethnographer, an educator, a psychologist and a feminist designer. We explore and open questions about our transdisciplinary engagements and research methods.
Paper long abstract:
In this Pecha Kucha presentation we survey different epistemological and methodological approaches and the cross-pollination of them in the research-creation (Springgay and Truman) initiative "Rincón Libre". "Rincon Libre" is a reading program performed at non-formal educational spaces at two settlements in the outskirts of Santiago de Chile. The initiative is assisted by an NGO, yet designed and implemented within a broader research project on emotional repertoires and arts for/by children. Our research group is directed by an anthropologist, and includes both master and doctoral students (a designer and a psychologist), a philosophy for children educator and an ethnographer. In this Pecha Kucha presentation we reflect on our transdisciplinary and postqualitative engagements understanding these as becomings with the project. We explore this as three dimensions of 'becoming with': a) each each other, b) the project's aim to produce a "cartography of the present conditions" (Braidotti) in which an ethics of affirmation seeks to transform negative relations through an engagement in collective practices of change, and c) our collaborative methods and ways of studying 'with others' (Ingold): participatory observations, auto-ethnographic exercises, arts-based interventions, postrepresentational interviews and reading workshops. We briefly reflect on the openings, findings and failures of our collaborative engagements using a new materialist theoretical framework and reflecting on further collaborations between the epistemologies of anthropology and those of the pedagogical.
Collaborative Futures in Practice: Methods and pedagogies for imagining and doing anthropology together [PechaKucha]