Expanding Knowledge through Research-Creation in Contested Places - Workshop

The aim of this international workshop is to explore together different modes of art and material culture based research and modes of collaborative knowledge making and sharing. We wish to challenge a reductionist understanding of scholarly knowledge as a result-oriented enterprise. Instead, we wish to examine how research can be viewed as an open-ended process - doing ethnography, performance, film, music etc. -- not as a self-contained product, but as relational practice with communities, places, and the non-human. We shall do this by redefining collaboratively the very idea of an academic workshop, aiming at addressing experimental ways of sharing knowledge and exploring knowledge potentialities. In other words, the formats of the proposed workshop will in itself address the questions tackled by the participants and these will be thought together before our joint meeting. 

Participants: Prof. Dorit Naaman (Film and Media and Cultural Studies at Queen's University); Prof. Natalie Loveless (Director, Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory Co-Director, Faculty of Arts Signature Area in Research-Creation, University of Alberta, CA) ; Prof. Erica Lehrer, (H istory and Sociology-Anthropology Departments; Director, Curating and Public Scholarship Lab; Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies (2007-2017), Concordia University;  Dr. Dani Schrire (The Program for Folklore and Folk Culture Studies and the Program in Cultural Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem);  Prof. Edwin Seroussi (Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre , Chairperson of Department of Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem);  Dr. Gili Hammer (The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem);  Dr. Leah Decter (Post Doctoral Fellow. York University, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology/Theatre and Performance Studies); Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich (The Theater Department, Haifa University);  Dr. Kelly Toten (Department of Folklore, Memorial University, CA); Dr. Diego Rotman (Head of the Department of Theater Studies, Hebrew University). Coordinates: Oddea Gabbay.

The workshop is supported throug a grant by The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies.