What if your theory was a house you could walk in? Plugging post-structural and post-human theories into a societal phenomenon and an artistically inspired design – ONLINE

What if your theory was a house you could walk in? Plugging post-structural and post-human theories into a societal phenomenon and an artistically inspired design – ONLINE

  • 22/06/2021
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • 29/06/2021
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Course details

qualitative course | level: intermediate | register now
for questions related to this event, contact kuleuven@flames-statistics.com
affiliation: KU Leuven


Abstract

Developing a scholarly ‘feel’ has little to do with acquiring knowledge and skills. It has to do with ‘knowing one’s way around’ in scholarly practice. An important part of developing such attitude is engaging with the theories developed by distinguished scholars. They offer comprehensive frameworks to increase our understanding of complex social realities and/or imaginary possibilities ahead of us. The communication line between researchers and theorists is non-linear; one can never predict what the exact outcome of an engagement of a researcher with an original work will be. Indeed, if you have the aspiration to find your own academic voice you must perceive reading as a dialogic encounter.

In this workshop, you will encounter the thoughts and visions of post-structural and post-human scholars.
• You will be asked to read a part of their original work backwards and in a non-linear fashion.
• You will be asked to translate their ideas or concepts into a two or three dimensional creative design, to share the complexity of their thinking with others who are unfamiliar with the theory. .
• You will be asked to plug in these theories into a societal phenomenon (e.g. the corona pandemic, youth subcultures, …).

In this workshop, we will combine insights from Jackson and Mazzei’s (2013) ‘thinking with theory’ and Sara Scott Shield’s (2018) ‘walking through theory’ approach:
• to jointly explore and experience the relationship between humans, matter and ideas as an assemblage with substantial performative power.
• to help you recognize the impact of different theoretical perspectives on how the same phenomenon is interpreted and presented.
• to challenge academic conventions in how to best analyze, interpret and disseminate research findings via a strategy of ‘materializing’ theoretical concepts through creative practice.

Rest assured, aesthetics is not our main concern; art is no more or less than an experience. So is pitching your first theoretical housing project to us.


Prerequisites

A first preparatory session will take place on June 22, from 16-18h. A follow-up session is planned on June 29, from 10-13h. You need to be able to participate on both days.


Background readings


Fee

Phd’s and post-docs of a Flemish University: free
Other Academics: €60
Non-profit/social sector: €100
Private sector: €200


Venue

ONLINE


Instructor

prof. dr. Karin Hannes and Chloe Dierckx


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