Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2014 Archive

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Parallaxic praxis


2 December 2014

Arts Integrated Research, Parallaxic Praxis, Antiphona and Arts in Community Education
with Dr Pauline Sameshima.

This presentation explores ways in which artistic activities can be incorporated into research activities to spark creative brilliance. Dr Sameshima will share the practices and implications of a multimodal, transmethodological research framework called Parallaxic Praxis (Sameshima & Vandermause, 2008): a collaborative, pedagogical research method based on the parallax principle, which takes into account that an object will look different depending on the perspective from which it is viewed.

In interdisciplinary teams, researchers make meaning from the same data in different ways. This data can be translated into artefacts including stories, poems, or visual arts as ways to examine and share diverse perspectives with broad groups of people. Using five Ekphrasic Catechizations that enable holistic multimodal ekphrasic research, researchers have framed reflection through: palimpsest, intertextuality, aporia, sorites, and mimesis.

Discussions include reflections on the possibilities of ekphrasic convergence made possible through the model and how transformative learning can take place in community education through multimodality experiential engagements. This exploration asks how qualitative researchers unsettle assumptions; how the multimodal aspect of this framework fractals complexity in the data; and how a research team is able to move beyond their disciplinary lenses. This work engages polysemic frames of mind and expands the semantic field of interpretive and metaphorical representations.

Event details

  • When: 10.30am–noon

  • Where:

    Education Building A35
    Room 408

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact:

    Professor Michael Jacobson
    T: +61 2 9036 7671

  • Speaker:

    Dr Pauline Sameshima is a Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada. She teaches in Graduate Studies and Research in Education. Her work centers on expanding notions of holistic, ecological learning and living, and sustainability of people through the arts. Pauline is a past president of the Arts Researchers and Teachers Society (ARTS). ARTS is a special interest group of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, which is in turn a constituent association of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. She has also been an executive member of the American Educational Research Association Arts Based Educational Research (ABER) Special Interest Group and is co-administrator of the joint American and Canadian arts-based educational research Facebook group

Parallaxic praxis


Education Building A35

Room 408


2 December 2014

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