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Tower Seminar- Arts-based research: Reflections on co-production and dissemination
November 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presenters: Professor Helen Phelan, Dr Rose Thompson, Dr. Tríona McCaffrey
Chair: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann
Arts-based research (ABR) provides a holistic perspective of the dynamic field of research, looking from angles that combine various ways of knowing, linear and non-linear thinking, intuition, and expression that create an evolving live knowledge. This field of inquiry offers rich, versatile means of collecting data that can embody participants’ experiences in engaging and innovative ways. ABR is increasingly utilised for the purposes of creative and meaningful inclusion in the research process. With this in mind, our seminar will specifically consider the possible roles of this novel form of inquiry in facilitating knowledge co-production and dissemination. Our seminar discussions will include perspectives from arts-practice, mental health and music therapy researchers who have used ABR in their respective research.
Professor Helen Phelan is the programme director of the PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy. She also served as course director of the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme for nine years. Her research interests are in the areas of performance studies, migrant studies, ritual studies, ritual song, arts practice research and music education philosophy. She is founder-director of Sanctuary, a Higher Education Authority initiative supporting the cultural expression of new migrant communities in Ireland. Her Irish Research Council funded project, Singing & Sustainable Social Integration is run in partnership with Doras Luimní. Her most recent book, Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish, was released by Oxford University Press in April, 2017.
Dr Rose Thompson is a senior researcher at the McPin Foundation, UK. Her research interests centre on social and creative approaches to mental health. At the McPin Foundation she uses collaborative and creative research methodologies, working in partnership with researchers who use their own lived experience of mental health difficulties in the co-production of research. She also has a long standing interest in the use of creative methods and narratives in communicating science and research, and is exploring digital storytelling, documentary film making and play -writing as potential methods for doing this.
Dr Tríona McCaffrey is a lecturer in music therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Tríona has practiced as a music therapist in community mental health, psychiatry of old age and mental health recovery where she developed her passion for service user involvement in healthcare. Her current research interests relate to music therapy in mental health and stakeholder involvement in mental health service delivery using arts- based research methods. She is founder of the international Alliance for Recovery Research in Music Therapy and a published author in journals such as the Arts in Psychotherapy and the Journal of Music Therapy.