Visiting Speaker – Dr. Donal O’Donoghue

Shifting Attention from Art as Research to Art as Scholarship

Dr. Donal O’Donoghue
Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
4:00pm -5:15 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Alyson Watson ( by Friday, November 29th at 4:00pm
Everyone welcome.

In this talk, I want to consider what it might mean to shift attention from conceptualizing art practice as a form of research to focus instead on thinking about it as a form of scholarship. Conceptualizing art as a form of research and identifying how it can function as such has increasingly preoccupied the minds of many educational researchers who have turned to art as a means of doing and reporting educational research. Such researchers have used inquiry practices and modes of representation commonly used by artists to make sense of and represent the educational worlds that they study for they believe that art has a capacity to contribute insights of a different type to their understandings of education. Similarly, artist-scholars working in fine art departments of universities and other higher education institutions across Europe and North America have increasingly focused on how art can function as research and have tended to fix art within the research purpose of universities. What then might be some of the implications of conceptualizing art not as a form of research, but rather as a form of scholarship? As will be discussed in this talk, to conceive of art as a form of scholarship permits other ways of thinking about what art does to produce and illuminate aspects of the world.


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