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First International Conference on Collaborative Research | September 12-13

Fri, September 12, 2014

through September 13, 2014

A Taos Institute Europe Workshop

“Changing Practice Through Research and Changing Research Through Practice”
First TAOS Institute Europe summit: Co-Creating Our Community

Organized by: TAOS Institute Europe, Narativ, Institute of Sociology (Gender & Sociology) Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

The conference aims to discuss diverse epistemological strategies located in a postmodern view of research and its methodological and ethical implications. The emerging paradigms in the social research are provoking changes in the way knowledge is understood and produced in research. New approaches on research are emerging, focusing more on the process and construction of knowledge in context than on the discovery of a pre-existing truth or singular reality. Postmodern strategies recognize the dynamical and constructed nature of reality while encouraging attention to the interpersonal relationships that ultimately shape and define our experience. In the new relational orientation, openness, multiplicity, appreciation and engagement are invited in research. These relational approaches are bringing a democratic view on what is research and how organization and society can use it for changing practice. The subjective nature of the information collected, which originates within both the researcher(s) and participant(s) in the research process, is looked for and appreciated. Critical analysis, reflexive analysis, co-operative inquiry, collaborative or communication research and othe approaches stem from the relational approach.

The aim of the event is to discuss, in an interdisciplinary environment, the epistemological, ethical and methodological aspects and questions of the postmodern/relational research.

The focus is on the formative aspects of the research, aiming to reflect and discuss how researchers and their research make possibilities for social change and empowerment of people.

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Following topics are to be discussed during the conference:

  1. What are the relationally engaged forms of practice in the sociological, psychosocial, organizational, constructionist or feminist and other research paradigms?
  2. How are the epistemological, methodological and ethical implications of the diverse understandings of relational research?
  3. How are the subject-object relation tackled in the relational/postmodern research epistemologies and what is the understanding of the “position” of the researcher vis-à-vis the position of those “researched”? What are the ethical implications of these understandings?
  4. To which extend are the boundaries between the scientific inquiry and the everyday search for understanding of the lived experience blurring?

TIE Summit:
The last day of the conference will be dedicated to the development of the TAOS Institute Europe community. The Taos Institute is a non-profit organization with 20 years of existence (http://www.taosinstitute.net/). The growing community brought the need to expand and create something more contextual to Europe. Based on the ideas of construction of reason, knowledge, and human value, the event aims at envision together the TIE and its purposes and focus for the European community.

The Organization of The Event:
The event will provide space for two keynote speeches as well as lectures and practical workshops in order to support the participants in reflecting and designing research as form of practice. The last day of the conference will be dedicated to the TIE summit in which TAOS associates will be together for the development of the TAOS Institute Europe community.

Scientific Outcome:
The presentations will be published in a special issue at the International Journal of Collaborative Practices (still to be arranged).

Keynote Seakers (to be confirmed):

  • Kenneth Gergen
  • Sheila McNamee
  • Celiane Camargo Borges
  • Christina Hee Pedersen, Lisbeth Frolunde??
  • Tom Wengraf/ Wolfram Fisher Rosenthal – phenomenology/ biographic research practice Nordic Network for the Study of the Dialogic Communication of Research (Christina Hee Pedersen, Lisbeth Frolunde, Eva Gunnarson)


  • Ivo Čermák
  • Chrz
  • Petr Matoušek?? Pavel Nepustil??
  • Lenka, Jakub??

About The Organizers:
TIE - Taos Institute Europe:
TIE is a non-profit organization that is part of the TAOS Institute (taosinstitute.net). It is dedicated to the development of social constructionist and postmodern theory and practices. We are committed to exploring, developing and disseminating ideas and practices that promote creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in a diverse range of disciplines and organizations.

Narativ is a group of professionals from Brno (Czech Republic) who co-create social and relational platform spreading collaborative and dialogical practices in Czech Republic and Slovakia. As a group they are interested in several activities such as psychotherapy, social work, education, research and the spaces in between. They keep in dialogue with various practitioners and institutes all over the world, work together and develop a dialogue across the differences. Group creates horizontal, non-formal and non-institutional dialogical spaces – to meet one another, their colleagues from social oriented practices, participants of their educational activities, their clients or authors of books they translate. They often use the metaphor of Rhizome (Deleuze& Guattari) for such a way of organizing themselves.

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic:

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