Webinar – Unintended Methodologies: Arts-based Research Practices as Forms of Listening

Event Date : 25 November 2020

Event Time : 12:00 - 13:30 (UK)

Conversations with Mangroves and attuning to the rising cultures of Change Drivers are some of the unintended methodologies discovered by TESF researchers Terra Sprague and Injairu Kulundu-Bolus who invite you to participate in acts of radical listening during this upcoming webinar. In this webinar, you will hear excerpts from Terra and Injairu’s doctoral research that exemplify the unique methodological approaches they used to explore acts of trust, middle-waiting and transgression in the uncertain contexts of island climate change and contemporary moves towards decolonial praxis in South Africa. You will learn about these early career researchers’ methodological approaches through an interview-style discussion chaired by TESF colleague Rafael Mitchell who will ask how these unintended methodologies emerged and were taken up. You will also have a chance to explore these ideas for yourself with other participants in small breakout groups. Together, we will contemplate what lessons can be learnt for the TESF Network Plus and for your own research in this time of uncertainty as we act to transgress colonial histories and respond to environmental uncertainty.

Speakers: Dr Terra Sprague (University of Bristol, UK) and Dr Injairu Kulundu-Bolus (Rhodes University, SA)

Injairu Kulundu-Bolus and Terra Sprague are Research Associates with the GCRF funded Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF) Network Plus, based in South Africa and the UK, respectively. Injairu’s pedagogical experiments include musical inquiries bent on attuning to and singing out the transgressive learning and rising cultures of African Change Drivers currently underway. She is learning how to alchemise binary based logics towards a paradigm of non- duality and peace. She is based at the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. Terra’s research uses narrative inquiry to understand responses to environmental change in Fiji, Mauritius and St Lucia and argues for a New Story of humanity’s relationship with the Earth. She is based at the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) at the University of Bristol.

This event is part of the School of Education’s Bristol Conversations in Education research seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Co-hosted by the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) and TESF.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

A video recording of the webinar is available here.