RESEARCH-CREATION THEORY AND PRACTICE
Rather than simply seeing research-creation as a way to include artistic production in the university landscape, I argue for research-creation as a hybrid formation that extends the stakes of the interdisciplinary humanities across theory-practice lines while at the same time problematizing both terms. I have been working to strengthen a critical discourse of research-creation, at the University of Alberta, in ways that are attentive to disciplinary difference and dissonance. I have been doing this through artistic production, pedagogical innovation, event and community organizing, the development of a research-creation studio/lab at the University of Alberta, as well as through academic publication.
I am the founder and director of the Research-Creation CoLABoratory (established in 2016), a research cluster funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS). The Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory (www.researchcreation.ca) brings together key researchers at the University of Alberta with national and international affiliates interested in developing a critical discourse of research-creation attuned to social justice. We aim to position the University of Alberta as a leader in social-justice related research-creation innovation in Western Canada through the development of robust interdisciplinary collaboration across faculties. From 2013-2015 I directed the Research-Creation Working Group (RCWG), a research cluster funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS). The aims of this working group was to ask what is at stake in the movement across "practice/theory" lines and to develop collaborative procedures and practices that can promote an inclusive debate on interdisciplinary research, learning and teaching while recognizing multiple culturally determined ways of thinking and living. (https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/rcwg/)