Research plan abstract
Liisa Jaakonaho 2017
Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki
Fluctuation, Cross-fertilisation and Friction
From artistic-pedagogic encounters to rhizomes of ethical questions (and back)
In my doctoral research I investigate ethical tensions in and around my interdisciplinary practice as a dance pedagogue, therapist, artist, and researcher, focusing on my encounters with differently abled people (adults with intellectual disabilities). Whilst continuing to develop (the ethics of) my practice, I reflect on it through experimental forms of ethnographic writing and documentation. Through this reflection, I aim to make visible the complexity of my encounters with the differently abled participants; the relational, affective quality of the work, exposed through my intersubjective position as an interdisciplinary practitioner, and as a ‘nomadic subject’ (see Braidotti 1994, 2006, 2011). Through an intertextual approach, I pay attention to how the different voices, materials, and texts of my research are/become intertwined, and what their relations/tensions/synergies are with each other.
The theoretical-methodological framework of my research includes critical disability studies, feminist theory, care ethics, contemporary ethnography, critical pedagogy, poststructuralism, and posthumanism.
My key research questions are: