Developing collaborative research practices through autoethnography

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Abstract

How can autoethnography be used in critical, reflexive analysis of research relations with the aim of further developing collaborative research practices?
This workshop addresses how autoethnography can be put to use in collaborative research to explore and further the co-creation of knowledge in the light of tensions relating to power, dialogical ethics, and affective, bodily knowing. It will begin with an illustrative presentation of how autoethnography is integrated in the project Dancing with Parkinson’s in which 43 participants in Parkinson’s dance classes, together with the university researchers, co-create knowledge with roots in participants’ own experiences of Parkinson’s dance as an integral part of everyday life.
The presentation will contain autoethnographic narratives by the university researchers, articulating ethical dilemmas arising in the complex dynamics of the collaborative project. How can the university researchers make promises about the results and acknowledge that knowledge is emergent in the “co” of co-creation? How can the project open up for embodied knowledge and not reveal too much or hurt someone? How can they make space for co-researchers’ voices and articulate their own investments? The second part of the workshop will consist of an exercise where participants are invited to explore their own research relations autoethnographically.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date5 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • auto-ethnography
  • power relation, qualitative methods
  • dance for people with Parkinson's and families

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