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Research-Creation: Critique, Care, and Collaboration Through Creative Practice Interdisciplinary Studies Program Summer 2024 July 4-Week - Amsterdam

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Research-Creation: Critique, Care, and Collaboration Through Creative Practice

Research-Creation: Critique, Care, and Collaboration Through Creative Practice Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Sociology
Instruction in: English
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 40


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 explored through a creation process, such as the production of a film or video, performance or installation, sound-work, 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, 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 inside and outside of academia.

By the end of this course, students will:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls of research-creation.
- Gain a broader perspective on research methods and ways to ?go public? with/share research findings.
- Challenge normalized assumptions about how to ?do? research.
- Cultivate a critical perspective of academia, academic research, and collaboration.
- Consider the ethical implications of research-creation and how to go about the research-creation process with care and intention.
- Feel inspired to pursue research-creation within their scholarship.

Students will be taught through lectures, seminars, and interactive workshops. Assessment will be based on attendance and active participation, daily soundwalks and a co-created zine.

Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course. CEA's recommended credits are based on the contact hours assigned by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam): 15 contact hours equals 1 U.S. credit

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