Sarah Truman, Visiting Research Fellow at ESRI, and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, led this session, in which we began by considering the genealogies of arts-based educational research (ABER). The origins of the movement in social sciences has created various challenges and crises for arts-based educational research, which, Sarah argues, always operates in dialogue with the representationalism and proceduralism of traditional qualitative research.
Sarah’s work is grounded in research-creation, which has a different starting point from arts-based research. Coming from the work Brian Massumi and Erin Manning at SenseLab in Canada, and WalkingLab, an international hub of walking scholars (which Sarah co-directs with Stephanie Springgay) research-creation works at an intersection of art, philosophy, activism, and research.
To explore what research-creation might look like in practice, the group took a propositional walk (see image above). Walking-with, and thinking-with both human and nonhuman participants, inventing enabling constraints and seeing what kinds of concerns emerge from these activities, are starting points for a research-creation practice.
Springgay and Truman’s propositions for research-creation are as follows:
- Find yourself in a speculative middle
- Create problems
- Event (in)tensions
You can read more about this work in the following paper:
Springgay, S. and Truman, S. (2017). On the need for methods beyond proceduralism: Speculative middles, (in)tensions, and response-ability in research. Qualitative Inquiry.