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Prof. Ephrat Huss

Social art as a new pathway within social work research

Lecture and Workshop proposal

Prof. Ephrat Huss:

The proposed workshop will outline the uses of social arts as a missing action based and participatory methodology within social work research:

There is at present a  visual turn in social theory and practice as seen in arts based research,  visual culture and anthropology, indigenous, decolonizing and action based research methods, social media, community art, photo-voice, art therapy, outsider art, arts in conflict negotiation, and arts for social change, to name a few. This visual turn is relevant as a new, transformative and participatory methodological pathway for social work research and practice (Eisner, 1997; Huss 2012; Levine & Levine, 2011; Lund & Brun, 2010). The workshop will outline the mechanisms in art expression that correlate to the aims of social work to integrate micro and macro perspectives, intensify voices of marginalized service user groups, reveal lack of recourses, excavate meaning, manageability and comprehensibility and negotiate conflicts and transitions from homeostasis to change.

Implications of the workshop are the relevance of arts and humanities within social work, as the spaces within which psychological and social theories are expressed and accessed.

This workshop's objective is to experientially teach the above described visual mechanisms that are relevant to social research and practice.

Its second objective is to connect these arts based methods to the workshop participant's specific ongoing research teaching and practice concerns.

The contents taught will include the following:

1.     The tension between figure and background as a method for depicting the reciprocal relationship between micro and macro levels of social experience.

2.     The tension between the visual–spatial and metaphorical-metonymic content as a method for concretely revealing power relations within a system (rather than hiding under abstractions).

3.     The tension between verbal content and it's translation into visual form as a trigger for excavating a reflective dialogic space with self and others.

4.     The tension between symbols and their changing compositional depictions as a method to negotiate homeostasis versus change within social systems.

5.     The tension between  the modular organization of elements within a single gestalt of the page  as a methodology to conceptualize service users identity through postmodern, dynamic, and evolving, rather than static terms.

6.     The broad hermeneutic base of visually depicted symbols as a space within which to negotiate multiple meanings, as a base for c-o producing knowledge and  negotiating conflicts between different definitions of problems and solutions.

7.     The distancing inherent in symbols and metaphors and inherent in an image, as a space that cancels out the different power levels of observers and creators.

The researcher is practiced in teaching these contents through her research publications, including two theoretical books on the subject, and through her teaching practice as  chair of an  MA specialization in arts and social work.

Professor Ephrat Huss teaches at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the social work department, where she chairs an MA program specializing in arts therapy for social workers. She has published over 40 articles and 3 books on art therapy and arts based research within social contexts. She has also received competitive grants in this field, and is currently working on experiences of Bedouin youth in Israel using arts based methods.

“A Theory-Based Approach to Art Therapy: Implications for Teaching, Research and Practice”

“What We See and What We Say: Using the Arts in Social Research and Practice”, and a theory-based textbook for teaching art therapy.

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Infobox

Mezinárodní konference expresivních terapií „Space for Art Therapies III.“ se bude konat od 24. 6. do 25. 6. 2016 v Praze v prostorách DAMU.

Tato významná a ojedinělá konference je připravována ve spolupráci České arteterapeutické asociace (ČAA), Asociace dramaterapeutů České republiky (ADCR), Muzikoterapeutické asociace České republiky (CZMTA)a České asociace taneční a pohybové terapie (TANTER).

Chystaná dvoudenní konference bude obsahovat mnoho praktických workshopů z oblasti arteterapie, dramaterapie, muzikoterapie a taneční pohybové terapie. Nebudou chybět ani významní zahraniční hosté a lektoři.

Konferenční poplatek byl stanoven na 2600 Kč (sleva 2400,- Kč se vztahuje pouze na členy asociací). Bližší informace získáte zde nebo na e-mailu: konference16@gmail.com

Číslo účtu: 35-2840119329/0800. V.S.: 316 (v případě fakturace nám prosíme napište email, vystavíme vám fakturu a zároveň přiřadíme nový variabilní symbol).

Při platbě v Eurech prosíme zašlete 110,- EUR - v ceně jsou zahrnuty bankovní poplatky a pohyblivost kurzu.

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