boundary/balance in arts-based research

Posted on  by mk.adjeimanu

hey team,

our last sert session provoked a lot of interesting thoughts and internal dialogue about the boundaries and constraints in arts/narrative-based research. its exciting to think about the future and the power that narrative research holds, because in a way, it means that, in the future, there were will be an increase of nuanced, critical, and relevant knowledge that accurately represents lived experiences. the validity of lived experiences being recorded and explored as a way to transform as opposed to further oppress makes me very hopeful about the discourse around research and what that means for communities who have been violated by this historically colonial/western practice.

i didn’t get a chance to read Petra Munros’, The Future of Narrative, however, I did look over the abstract and all I can say is that I’m eager to dive into this read. themes around re-thinking research, honoring the practice, and objectifying stories, seem to be at the center of this article and I’m excited about the ways in which this read will further transform my current understandings of our own work and practice here at sert

as we discussed in our last session, boundary and balance in the way we conduct our focus-groups seemed to be the theme of our discussion. questions like: are we sharing too much? are we asking the right questions? how objective is too objective? what if we CAN relate to the shared stories? what if we CAN’T relate to the shared stories? what do we do? how do we de-center objectivity while simultaneously honoring the sacredness of our stories?

all very valid, critical questions…that we’re still figuring out the answer to. however i think it’s interesting to see how traditional research methods still inform and influence our understanding of what arts/narrative-practice is and how it differs from the traditional standard.

I’m excited to explore and discuss the answers to the long list of questions and *concerns* we may have about how we conduct research and I’m excited about the new findings it will lead us to. Both individually, and collectively.

-Emkay

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