ENGL 574 X51: Contemporary Creative Practices

J. Abel

Contemporary Creative Practices and the Research Creation

According to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the research-creation is "an approach to research that combines creative and academic research practices, and supports the development of knowledge and innovation through artistic expression, scholarly investigation, and experimentation." However, in Owen Chapman and Kim Sawchuk's essay "Research Creation: Intervention, Analysis, and 'Family Resemblances,'" they argue that the point of the research-creation "is to understand research creation as a form of critical intervention that speaks to the media experiences and modes of knowing by students and scholars in this moment." In this course, we'll explore the expansive possibilities of what research-creation projects are capable of, including any and all work that fits into the subcategories of research-for-creation, research-from-creation, creative presentations of research, and creation-as-research. This class will also focus on how artistic, scholarly, and experimental practices might intertwine, converge, and overlap by turning to several important poetic texts that I would suggest occupy the same kind of intermediary space as the research-creation, including ةيلمع Operación Opération Operation Oперация by Moez Surani, Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip, WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier, and Citizen by Claudia Rankine. Students will be invited to submit their projects regularly to a generative workshop that will attempt to address both the creative and scholarly questions being raised, and will also be asked to provide space for work that cannot easily be categorized, workshopped, or accessed. While we will attend to some of the ways in which scholars have engaged the research-creation, the primary focus will be on generating our own research-creation projects and will require multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary strategies as needed.