It’s time to rethink your normative ways of thinking!
This course invites students to rethink and reevaluate the standard methods of thinking, knowing, and doing within academia. We will highlight artistic practice as a path to research and the act of creation as a form of knowledge in and of itself.
Course level: Master's, PhD candidates and professionals from all disciplines
Coordinating lecturer: Alexandra Greene
Forms of tuition: Instruction will consist of seminars, interactive workshops, and close readings of texts/media.
Forms of assessment: either a short research-creation proposal or a short research-creation project
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact hours: 25 hours
We will explore research-creation as a critique of entrenched and normative ways of thinking, knowing, doing, and sharing within academia.
We will also assess its potential as a transdisciplinary approach to contributing critical, creative scholarship.
Research-creation is an approach to research that engages artistic expression, scholarly investigation, curiosity, and experimentation. In research-creation, the process of creation is integral to the research process. This means that research topics are selected and explore the act of creation, such as the production of a film or video, performance or installation, sound-work (e.g. podcast, sound walking), zine, or multimedia arts/texts.
Research-creation is important in a variety of fields, cultural institutions, and disciplines. In recent years, universities have used it to boost their public profiles and promote community-engaged collaborations. That being said, the increasing institutionalisation of research-creation must be approached critically and situated within a broader context of power relations within academia, education, and research. For this reason, in this course, research-creation will be framed as an intervention and invitation for scholars to push disciplinary boundaries, challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about what academic work entails, and consider ways to make their work more sustainable and accessible, and responsive to issues concerning social justice.
Special attention will be given to research-creation projects that critically address the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, dis/ability, and other intersecting categories of difference shape our experiences of the world. The course will pair reading-based discussions with examples of research-creation in practice and engage with broader discussions concerning methodology, engaged scholarship, and ethics. To this end, this course will include presentations by scholars and practitioners from in and outside of academia.
By bringing lived experiences to the fore with research-creation in practice, this course aims to highlight the possibilities, as well as the pitfalls, of research-creation.