University of Alberta COURSES supporting RESEARCH-CREATION:
Dr. Loveless teaches courses with research-creation components at the undergraduate and graduate level.
This course will introduce students to key themes in contemporary performance art. While we will ground each unit in art historical debate, the course is primarily focussed on contemporary practices and as such will include regular “performance research” exercises and in-class Skype visits with contemporary performance artists.
James Lovelock, known for having co-created the Gaia hypothesis with Lynn Margulis, was recently quoted as saying that “saving the planet is a foolish, romantic extravagance.” This course examines how perspectives such as Lovelock's reorient artistic production in the 21st century, with particular attention to debate surrounding the so-called ‘anthropocene.’ Students are expected to engage with the course “research-creationally” – bringing scholarly attention to arts practice and artistic attention to academic scholarship.
Dr. Conrad teaches graduate courses in Participatory Research, which include a focus on community-based arts methods. (Follow the links for course descriptions and previous syllabi.)
This course introduces students to arts-based research, an emerging qualitative research approach that brings together scholarly inquiry and creative processes using any of the myriad of available art forms (or combinations of arts forms) in any of the stages of the research process: as a topic of inquiry — inquiring into an art work, art practice or a creative process; in generating, interpreting and/or representing/disseminating research.
This course introduces students to Participatory Research (PR), a new paradigm approach to doing community-based research viewed as a means of producing knowledge as well as a tool for education, the raising of consciousness, mobilization for action and for the amplification of perspectives from the margins.