Welcome our 2021 pre conference workshops. In the coming weeks additional workshops will be added, so please check back with us. In the meantime, we have three workshops we hope you will find interesting, challenging, informative and fun.
“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn”
Pre Conference Workshops
Fantastical Materiality: Catalyzing interdisciplinary dialogue through arts-based pedagogies
With Elyse Lamm Pineau
Traditional higher education is a territorial system, an institutionalized taxonomy of disciplines and methods often differentially valued and funded. If we continue to sort students into silos agonistically labeled ‘hard or soft science?’ ‘statistics or stories?’, ‘scholar, artist, or practitioner’? we are schooling them to peer at one another as ‘other,’despite the fact that our bodies do indeed touch upon one another in the field, just as our social commitments blend in the actual labor of worldmaking. In this workshop I invite you to ‘trip the pedagogical fantastique’ by identifying the teaching spaces in your work lives where resistance to territorialized knowledge production can make a material difference. Under what conditions do students orient to inquiry as pleasurable? How can I structure assignments that invite multi-method and multi-modal projects such that collaboration is value-added? What is the impact of embracing ‘interdisciplinarity’ from the outset ‘simply’ as the practice of excellence in many forms?
I will draw on a 5-year project teaching Tolkien’s fantasy novel, The Lord of the Ringsto students in the STEM disciplines, using their arts-based projects as touchstones and inspiration for our own work. Our focus will be specific and applied: how to structure assignments for individualized creative projects; how to identify & sequence behavioral increments that facilitate embodied collaboration; how to ‘safely subvert’ ingrained habits for learning, while encouraging risk and experimentation. Part of our method will be playful: I invite you to have ‘ready to hand’ some ‘writing utensils’ you wouldn’t normally use, (ie: colored pencils, oversized paper, post-it notes, images to collage, etc) as we will practice our own creative representations of classrooms and curricula.
Creative Writing for Academic, Practitioner and Activist Engagement and Impact with Gayle Letherby
There are truths to be found in stories is inarguable. Similarly, there is always an element of interpretation in research, and every written text is a product or particular social, political, technical, economic and personal events.(Katherine Frank (2000) ‘”The Management of Hunger”: Using Fiction in Writing Anthropology’ Qualitative Inquiry 6(4): 474-488 (484-485)). Whatever our chosen palette, the practice of understanding the importance of our own creative engagement is a source of potential change on its own, and a space where valuable insight can be found through reflection and sharing. (Annette Blum (2016) ‘Art and Politics: The Power of Creativity and Activism Across the Globe’ Huffpost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/annette-blum/art-and-politicsthe-power_b_9511384.html)
The focus of this workshop will be the exploration of ‘fictional’ representations of autoethnographic experiences and materials including research data, pedagogic reflections, emotional, practical, theoretical and P/political concerns. In addition to writing some short pieces of poetry and/or prose we will also engage in some creative editing. This workshop ran at last year’s International Autoethnography conference and although the writing and editing tasks will be similar the substantive foci will be different, relating this year to personal and joint reflections and concerns of bodies, territories and touch. All you need for this workshop is a paper and pen/tablet/computer and your imagination.
Squaring the cirlce using arts-based practices Kitrina Douglas & David Carless,
This workshop explores some of the potential of digital, photographic, film, music and songs to understand and explore bodies, territories and touch in our research collaborations in ways that challenge isolation, loneliness, oppression, alienation and silence within our communities“
If you would like to take part in any of the pre conference workshops please book your place on the registration page
If you would like to get a feel for what to expect at this years conference please watch last years conference film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAljnE5x8tQ&t=8s
Biographies of presenters
Gayle Letherby: I am Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of Plymouth and Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich. Alongside substantive interests in reproductive and non/parental identities; gender, health and wellbeing; loss and bereavement; travel and transport mobility and gender and identity within institutions I have always been fascinated by research methodology, including auto/biographical, feminist and creative practices. In recent years I have become interested in writing sociologically for non-academic audiences and creative writing within academic work. For some examples of different sorts of writing see http://arwenackcerebrals.blogspot.co.uk/ and https://www.abctales.com/user/gletherby
Elyse Lamm Pineau: I am a retired autoethnographic performance poet, theatre director, and arts-based educator exploring new avenues for art activism beyond academe and within my local community. For 25 years, I was a professor of Performance Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where my work focused on women’s lived and literary narratives, all aspects of stage production, and advocacy for cross-disciplinary, critically-engaged, arts-based pedagogies. My solo autoethnographic performances have been published in Liminalities,andText and Performance Quarterly,and my research in critical performative pedagogy has been published in U.S. education journals, as well as (in translation) in Brazil and Taiwan. The privilege of academic retirement has opened up new territories for community engagement, new demographics for collaboration, and new forms of artistic and political expression.