Crossing Paradigmatic Boundaries: Considering Tensions to Bolster Alliances


CATR 2018 – 29 May – 1 June 2018

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

This curated panel seeks to explore how cross-paradigmatic commonalities and tensions can become sources of empowerment when performance-centred scholars/artists collaborate with scientific researchers in health, healthcare, medicine and illness/wellness. Cross-paradigmatic tensions often emerge around expectations of accountability (to whom are social/health scientists, artist-humanist researchers, community members, audience members accountable to?) and around the interrelationship between ‘process’ and ‘product.’ These occur particularly between:

1) those whose accountability is structured by the post-hoc reasoning of positivism in health sciences and health care (including therapeutic practices, health services, medical education, public health education, knowledge translation, social work and biomedical research), where bodies are generally ‘acted upon’ and processes focus on “fact finding,” and

2) those from the embodied, imaginative, spatial, relational and ‘risky’ performance-related disciplines, where bodies are invited to ‘enact’ ad hoc options and processes focus on finding possible new interactions and opportunities.

We seek to draw scholars/artists together to consider commonalities and tensions, and to develop strategies for fruitful collaborations.

Potential topics might include cross-paradigmatic considerations of:

*   – multiple commitments of accountability within collaborations

*   – hierarchies of power and notions of legitimacy within the academy

*   – the ways performance-practices-as-research, including dance/choreography, theatre-making, performance practice, dramatic writing (etc), cross with social/health sciences research to explore topics related to health, health care, illness/wellness

*   – Other related topics!

Please submit a 400-500 word proposal with a title, as well as author(s) biography of maximum 75 words to Julia Gray at<> and Catherine Graham at<> by December 15, 2017. Selected participants will present a 15 minute paper, and be involved in subsequent moderated discussion.   Please include affiliation (if applicable) and any credentials in bios. Please note that participants will need to become members of CATR before the conference.