Dance as method? A discussion about the possibilities for developing embodied, sensory, live and practice-based methods and methodologies.

In disciplines such as theatre and visual art, practice-based research is recognised as a valid form of knowledge production. The same is true of more vocational programmes such as health care and social work. In many social science and humanities fields, however, research is taken to be a matter of brains, words and numbers, rather than bodies, senses and emotions. Yet knowledge is not only produced through words but also in gesture, in movement, in emotion and in sound. How can our research tools, designed to produce, re/present and analyse narrative accounts, make sense of embodied forms of knowing and being in the world?

The discussion draws together insight from Vincent Dance Theatre’s work with examples from other practices including art and music. If you have experience of, or an interest in, developing or using embodied, sensory or live methods, come along.

The discussion will take place in the Archive and Engagement Space, Helen Martin Studio, Thu 12 Mar at 10am. It will led by Dr Cath Lambert, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.