Faculty of Education

Arts-Informed Research and Interdisciplinarity


Workshop presented by visiting Scholar Anne Harris

Start Date

22nd Sep 2017 9:00am

End Date

22nd Sep 2017 12:30pm


  • Physics 218 - SB.AU14.L02.218
  • Newnham A001 - NH.BF24.L00.001
  • Cradle Coast 214 - MR.AL09.L02.214

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Thursday 21st September 2017 to
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Arts-informed research (including practice-led, arts-based, and research creation) is coming into its own within academic contexts that formerly challenged the ‘validity’ of such approaches and theoretics. Artist-researchers or those interested in incorporating the arts partially or fully in research methodologies are exercising new ontological and epistemological muscles for ‘doing’ innovative research, or what Greg Dimitriadis has called a new ‘research imaginary’. Taking as a starting point for this new research imaginary Wise et al’s (2009) articulation of “three key analytic moves”, this workshop/session/presentation frames arts-informed research within an emergent interdisciplinarity in research contexts in which arts/theory and global/local are threaded in interdependent and co-constitutive ways rather than binarised ones. Researcher-educators are working in new ways with industry and students-as-innovators, leading the way in artistic and creative research toward more agile, co-created and culturally-responsive practices and networks. This panel will draw together researchers from Education, Creative Arts and Health to discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of arts-informed research in interdisciplinary contexts.

Associate Professor Anne Harris

Anne Harris is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) exploring creativity in Australasia, and a Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). She is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as a playwright, teacher, dramaturg and journalist in the USA and Australia. She researches in the areas of creativity and the arts, performance, digital media and social change. Anne is the editor and creator of the book series Creativity, Education and the Arts (Palgrave Macmillan), the ABER co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, on the editorial board of several journals, and the following book series: Teaching Writing (Sense), Gender and Education (Palgrave Macmillan), and Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research Book Series (Springer). She has published over 60 articles and 10 books on the arts and creativity, gender/sexuality and cultural diversity; her latest is Creativity, Religion and Youth Cultures (2016, Routledge). She is also a professional playwright, musician and spoken word performer, and enjoys performing research of all kinds.