REMINDER: Seminar CFP "Articulating Artistic Research"

11 January, 2015

REMINDER (Apologies for cross-postings)
Canadian Association for Theatre Research Annual Conference
May 30th – June 2nd 2015 / Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Seminar Topic:
‘Articulating Artistic Research 3.0: Ideas of Knowledge’

Seminar Coordinators: Bruce Barton (University of Calgary) and Natalia Esling (University of Toronto)

The focus of the 2015 “Articulating Artistic Research” seminar will continue the exploration begun in the seminar’s two previous incarnations (CATR 2013 and 2014) and extend it’s focus into the sphere of epistemology. Specifically, we will consider an expanded spectrum of orientations to knowledge – including (but not limited to) somatic, embodied, phenomenological, kinaesthetic, proprioceptic, and enactive, in addition to traditional frameworks such as philosophical and empirical – that is accessed and animated within praxis-based approaches to research.

As was the case in 2013 and 2014, the objective of this year’s seminar is not to establish singular definitions of Artistic Research, nor to impose specific theoretical, methodological, practical, or epistemological criteria. Rather, it is meant as a forum to explore diversity in motivation, design, execution, and documentation. However, participants in this year’s seminar are again called upon to explicitly articulate their practices with direct reference to the following aspects: focus, context, participants, methodology, process design, documentation, dissemination and utility (as opposed to “products” or “outcomes”). Through this process of detailed articulation, we hope to draw particular attention to the diverse alternative knowledge processes, frameworks, and cultural currencies that are prioritized within PBR/PaR/Artistic Research contexts.

1)    A selection of no more than 12 participants will be selected to attend the seminar in accord with the above noted criteria.

2)    By March 15th, 2015, all invited participants will share (electronically) with the full group an approx. 3000 word description of personal Artistic Research activity that explicitly addresses the above-identified aspects. (Additional criteria for these documents will be distributed to all accepted participants.)

3)    Between March 15th and April 15th, the first stage of seminar engagement will consist of an electronic forum, in which participants of the full seminar group will discuss a selection of published articles addressing theories and practices of Artistic Research internationally. The focus of this exchange will be issues of process design, methodology, and epistemological orientation of research findings.

4)    After April 15th the invited participants will be organized into two or three sub-groups (depending upon the number of participants), according to shared interest/focus, and tasked with a structured pre-conference exchange leading to in-conference collaboration.

5)    The actual three-hour seminar will involve two or three workshop-style Artistic Research exercises designed and facilitated by the sub-groups, involving the participation of other members of the full seminar and attending conference participants.

6)    The third hour of the seminar will take the form of an open discussion between the seminar participants and audience members.

7)    The entire seminar will be open to all conference attendees.

Seminar proposals should be sent to Bruce Barton (bruce.barton@u> and Natalia Esling ( by 15 January 2015.


Bruce Barton, PhD
Professor and Director
CH D100 / 2500 University Dr. NW / Calgary, AB CANADA  / T2N 1N4 / 403-220-5725 /

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