The Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory

International team of scholars and artists investigate how arts theory and practice can address challenges of anthropogenic climate change.

The Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory is made up of an interdisciplinary group of researchers from across the UofA’s many faculties, as well as a select group of national and international researchers. The cluster’s 2016-2017 research theme is "arts and the anthropocene." In alliance with feminist and decolonial critiques, as well as emerging critiques at the intersection of critical disability studies and the anthropocene, the team asks: (1) How does debate on the anthropocene (and related though not equivalent concerns with climate change) shift how one engages in meaningful arts practice and theory today? (2) How might non-human exceptionalist and decolonial approaches to our environment offer particularly potent ways forward in the face of anthropogenic climate change? (3) What can research-creation, as an epistemological and methodological intervention, contribute to these debates through its combination of practice and theory? Together the research cluster is most interested in how research-creation practices can spark intellectual and affective shifts, not only helping us understand social injustices but also moving us to imagine and enact substantial change.