Methods and Methodologies for Research Creation in Arts and Humanities
A bi-monthly, co-produced, peer-learning group convened by Amanda Ravetz.
Wednesdays 15.00–17.00 (Oct 11th and 25th; Nov 8th and 22nd; Dec 6th; Jan 10th and 24th; Feb 7th and 21st; Mar 7th and 21st; Apr 18th; May 9th)
Methods and methodologies across the arts and humanities range from quantitative to qualitative, empirical to hermeneutic, and co-produced to artistic. While handbooks on “quants”, “quals”, and “mixed methods” are plentiful, there is less guidance available on what, in Canada, has been called ‘research-creation” and is here known as practice-led research. In this course we will be interested not only in research-creation in its narrower sense of artistic process, but also in action-research, participatory research, scholar-activism and so on. The aim is to explore the uncertainties, techniques, questions and also the rigour of such approaches, so as to better understand, carry out and articulate the practices and methods we become involved in.
A core principle of the sessions will be co-production. Planning, running, teaching and learning will be the joint responsibility of group members, supported by the course convenor. This does not mean there will be no roles or leadership, but that we will try as far as possible to devise a programme of learning which is based on what those in the group are collectively concerned by and interested in.
During the initial sessions we will scope out the interests and existing knowledge of the group, gather materials and create learning and teaching pathways for the coming months.
Regular attendance is a pre-requisite of joining, as building trust and connection is an important condition for co-production.
The course is suitable for those interested in practice-led research, scholar activism, co-production and other forms of ‘research-creation’. The group will benefit from members who are curious, prepared for ‘not knowing’ as much as for ‘knowing’, and who are keen to take part in peer-learning.
Please send an expression of interest to Amanda Ravetz (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 6th latest if you wish to join, with a paragraph or more about your proposed research, the kinds of methods you are considering using, existing experience of methods, areas of uncertainty and why you think this group is suitable for you. If you are not sure if your interests fit, or if this is the group for you, do get in touch with Amanda for an informal chat or email conversation.