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 questions stemming from the boundary areas between art, pedagogy and care. The project enters into basic human questions about encountering difference, whilst contributing to the current discussions around the meanings and practices of agencies that cross the sectoral boundaries between art and social care. The starting point for the research is my artistic-pedagogic work in a social care context, with differently abled adults (people with intellectual and developmental disabilities).
As artistic research, the project produces new knowledge about the role of art in the society, investigating how art can take place and generate meanings in the boundary areas between different contexts, in different encounters, and through artistic expositions that reflect those encounters. The project unloads categorizations and dualisms; for example the divide between ”applied” and ”autonomous” art. It also challenges conventional, humanistic notions of subjectivity and agency. The project makes visible a marginal, often disregarded group of people (adults with intellectual disabilities).
The theoretical-methodological framework of my research includes critical disability studies, feminist theory, care ethics, contemporary ethnography, critical pedagogy, poststructuralism, and posthumanism.
Key research questions are: