This panel explores the possibilities of coming to know and expressing social science knowledge through performance and reflections on artistic output. What complexities can be communicated through the rapprochement of culture and artistic expression, of academic and creative selves?
"How do we come to know, and how do we express that knowing?" (Neilsen 2008:385). Creative engagements with artistic modes of expression and performance offer a complex means of knowing and expressing knowledge that is always paradoxically contextual and abstract, subjective and objective, exploratory and organized, person and dialectical. This knowing is deeply human, and may be linked to complex and abstract feelings and concepts such as culture, memory, and the self. Despite increasing theoretical openness to complexity and chaos, the social sciences have traditionally privileged objectivity over subjectivity, the rational over the emotional, and theory over experience (Montuori 2003). What possible expressions can art/performance as a subject, mode and method of research return to the restricted verbal and literary code of traditional social science? To what extent could creative material restore or supplement the complexities and nuances of social life and human experience that are lost in the moment of theorisation? What can experiments with art and performance tell us about cultural, emotional and social knowledge? Through performance and reflections upon artistic modes of expression, this panel explores the possibilities for developing a complex and nuanced social science knowledge practise through the rapprochement of culture and artistic expression, of academic and creative selves (Douglas 2012).