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Arts-based methodology as decolonising practice 
Akshay Khanna (RAPT (Centre for Research, Activism, Performance and Theatre))
Alice Tilche (University of Leicester)
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Thursday 18 July, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The panel invites reflections on/analyses of the use of Arts-Based methods in Research. The use of theatre, film, fine arts, dance, amongst other forms open up for elements of phenomena that escape traditional forms of research and challenge asymmetries in traditional modes of knowledge production.

Long Abstract:

Arts-based research is increasingly used across disciplines as a method for community engagement and to decolonise current approaches to knowledge. As a method, Art offers alternative ways of knowing, opening up questions that otherwise slip through traditional ways of doing research. Research has been dominated by the ‘articulable’ - the realm of words, that which can be said, heard, written, and read. There are, however, ways in which phenomena, patterns, experience and knowledge are given form, communicated and understood via alternative epistemologies. By centring the body, image and sound, arts-based research methods have the potential to invert the primacy of words enabling the articulation of experiences released from the primacy of text and speech. This recognition forces not only a reconsideration of processes of knowledge production, but has the potential of involving those who have been traditionally excluded from the realm of knowledge in generating new understandings.

We invite contributions that reflect on the development of and experimentation with a range arts-based methodologies (from theatre, to filmmaking, creative writing, fine arts, dance and somatic practice) as a way to address long standing questions of power in knowledge production, to enable the restitution of power to communities over knowledge produced about them and improve the ability of research methods to grasp the affective and the ephemeral. We seek contributions that reflect on what is effective about these methodologies, on their key principles and on the challenges of bringing about commensurability between the knowledge forms produced through art and more traditional ones.

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