Keynote 2: MARK FLEISHMAN

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“Artistic Research Internationally: The Significance of Culture”

Previously, I have written quite extensively about practice as a modality of scholarship and its particular struggle for acceptance in the Humanities and in particular in theatre and performance studies (Fleishman, 2009; 2012). I have been specifically concerned with the ways in which thinking through and by means of practice creates what Derrida refers to as “the ferment from which knowledge that does not yet exist may emerge” using the ideas of anthropologist Tim Ingold to propose a way of knowing that unfolds laterally in an emergent way rather than vertically between various hierarchized layers or orders of knowledge from abstract to applied-embodied (2000: 229). In this presentation, I intend to focus on pedagogy: the work of teaching and the work of learning. It is my contention that a more considered approach is required towards developing a pedagogy of Practice as Research in the contemporary university, in a global context.

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