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Using Dance to Disseminate Qualitative Research

Using Dance to Disseminate Qualitative Research
Mount Sinai Hospital, 11th floor classroom
Time: Nov 24th, 12:00 pm End: Nov 24th, 1:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Science/Technology, Psychology, Psychoanalytic, Psychiatry, Music, Faculty of , Information, Faculty of, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Art (FAS), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by Katherine Boydell, Psychiatry and Public Health, University of Toronto

The Health, Arts & Humanities Program, University of Toronto
How can the creative arts elicit and portray essential research findings and promote useable knowledge and understanding?
What are the intersections that exist between art and science?
There has been a recent call for a model of social science which is performative and the subsequent need to rethink the relationship between performance and scholarly representation (Denzin, 2003; Jones, 2006). Arts-based research provides a platform from which to begin a dialogue with young people, families and the public; moving them toward new ways of understanding and knowing. In representing the experiences of mental illness in a new way that is evocative, illuminating, and memorable, viewers are challenged to engage with the work and consider the cultural stereotypes that surround those with mental illness. This presentation will focus on a project that used arts-informed methodology -  a choreographed research-based dance production - not only to contribute to our understanding of pathways to mental health care, but also to explore the arts as an effective knowledge translation vehicle for communication of qualitative research and engaging with and informing multiple audiences.
The evocative representation of textual research results through dance can communicate mood as well as facts and has the advantage of allowing the audience to engage in the phenomena in a deeper, more sensitive, open and meaningful way (Bourriaud, 1998). The theoretical underpinnings of the project drew on embodied inquiry (Todres, 2007). wherein the body is intimately implicated in what things mean; in terms of research methodology, embodied understanding is not just 'cognitive', but involves embodied, aesthetic experience and application. The story told through this performance highlights the anguish of experiencing first episode psychosis and the difficulties associated with seeking help. This presentation will highlight the process of co-creation of the research-based dance and the experience of dissemination to a broad range of audience members. Was it possible to develop visual ways to communicate research findings about complex subjects like psychosis? In what ways could expressive bodies/performance be used to represent qualitative research? Could it challenge us to engage differently with the data and to see differently?
Dr Katherine Boydell is a Senior Scientist and Scientific Director of Qualitative Inquiry in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children and Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She received a Master of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Toronto and a Doctorate in Qualitative Sociology at York University.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
11th Floor Classroom
Mount Sinai Hospital
Brown Bag - BYOL
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Please RSVP to wsmid@mtsinai.on.ca or 416-586-4800 ext. 8325

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