Lecture and Discussion: Knowledge that Matters, Makes Sense and Connects: Transdisciplinarity and Complexity in Individualized Studies, with Visiting Scholar, Dr. Danielle Boutet, Ph.D. The IMA program offers students the opportunity to research their own passions and craft their own programs of study. How “scientific,” rigorous or relevant are such studies? Danielle Boutet will discuss ideas related to epistemological constructs on which to ground individualized studies, first– and second– person research, arts– based research, and new forms of inquiry. Such inquiries are essential contributions to contemporary knowledge. The rules of science are not the rules for all knowledge. There are several forms of knowledge, several types of epistemologies and kinds of methodology. The real is complex and transdisciplinary. It has a positive, exposed, exterior side, which is known through positivist and quantitative science; and it has an interior, subjective, felt, experienced side, which is approached through qualitative methods of research. Where quantitative science measures variables and facts, qualitative and subjective inquiry explores meaning and relations. Danielle Boutet, Ph.D., is a long–time artist and music composer. She is currently full time professor at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. She taught at Goddard for many years, first in the Individualized BA/MA program, then in the MFA IA program. She also held different administrative positions: she was Goddard Chief Academic Officer in 2002 – 2004, and founding director of the MFAIA program in 1997 – 2008. She is specialist of interdisciplinary issues in the arts, studies the creative experience and is very interested in epistemological and methodological issues related to the construction of knowledge.
Power and Media, a two part workshop, with IMA Alum Susan Maier–Moul, co–founder and editor of The Magazine of Yoga. One way of thinking about power is to look at its relationship to knowledge. What is it decided should be known? Who gets to know it? Who gets to say so about the ‘what’ or the ‘who’? Sanskritist Sheldon Pollock suggests knowledge generates and sustains power. As individualized studies scholars, how are we implicated in power? Are there powerful and empowering possibilities to collaborate in the knowledge we constitute and validate together? In this pair of workshops, we’ll talk about what power is, share ideas about how knowledge generates it, and assemble a media project to explore our own mediation of the power/ knowledge relationship. What we create together will be maintained as part of the IMA’s public representation of itself for the rest of the semester.
Susan Maier–Moul, MA, IAYT, YA 500, E– RYT 2000. Based in New York, Susan is co–founder and editor–in– chief of The Magazine of Yoga, an online journal which promotes engaged everyday life as the key principle of freedom. She is a founding faculty member for the Healthy Living Program at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. She has presented extensively on self–perception, yoga, and vitality. Her work focuses on non–esoteric practice, highlighting the everyday benefits of yoga as an integrated physical and philosophical approach to life’s challenges and rewards.