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Designing Crazy Patchworks | March 5-7

Thu, March 5, 2015

through Sat, March 7, 2015

Co-creating Collaborative Research

Location: VUB Campus Etterbeek, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.
Organizers: Doctoral school “Human sciences” VUB Brussels in collaboration with the TAOS/TIE Institute.
Facilitators: Celiane Camargo-Borges, Jasmina Sermijn, Gerrit Loots

Social constructionist ideas have been increasingly used to inform research practices. It draws on a relational paradigm, which emphases the way in which people in relationship and local knowledge are forming the reality around us. By highlighting the idea that all (also the academic) knowledge is co-constructed, researchers are stimulated to reflect about their own roles in that co-construction process.

This three days workshop focuses on new research practices based on transforming Social Constructionist principles into action forms of research. By presenting examples of collaborative, relational and participatory research practices, we will show how multiple voices can co-create research and generate transformative practices. All participants will be invited to bring in their own research experiences and to connect these experiences with social constructionist theory.

Taos Institute PhD students: $450 (paid by Taos PhD program if eligible, confirm with Dawn Dole at [email protected])

All other students: 300 Euro Non-students: contact - [email protected] for information.

For more information and registration: Please email Jasmina Sermijn - [email protected]

To register: http://rd-ir.vub.ac.be/en_GB/events/show/id/4269

Facilitator Bios:
Celiane Camargo-Borges, Ph.D. is a researcher and practitioner working at the interface of psychology, healthcare, community building and organization development. She has worked in a variety of settings including communities and health professionals in Brazil; healthcare researchers in Taiwan; as well as community arts in the Netherlands. Currently she is a lecturer and research coordinator at the Imagineering Academy, a master’s programme from the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. She has published on issues of health promotion and public health; dialogue theory; group practice; qualitative methodology; relational responsibility. Celiane is a TAOS Institute Associate, member of the advisory board at TIE (TAOS Institute Europe), and core faculty of the Taos Institute Masters in Relational Leading.

Jasmina Sermijn, Ph.D. is a part-time lector at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel . In her PhD research she studied the interaction between psychiatric diagnoses and the narrative co-construction of self¬hood. Her fields of interests are postmodern, narrative theory and practices and systemic therapy. Jasminaworks also part-time as a family and relational therapist in Hestia (Centre for Family and Relational Therapy) and as a trainer in family therapy in Rapunzel. She is a board member of the Bvrgs (Belgian Federation of Relational, Family and Systemic therapy). She wrote two books and a few articles about theme’s like the co-construction of narrative selfhood, the impact of psychiatric diagnoses, and narrative therapy.

Gerrit Loots, Ph.D. is professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and visiting professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Compartamiento (IICC), Departamento de Psicología of the Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo” at La Paz. He is the head of the VUB research group called “Interpersonal, Discursive and Narrative Studies” (IDNS).

Co-Designing Crazy Patchworks: Collaborative Inquiry
A Taos-VUB Workshop – March 5-7, 2015

We are glad to share with you that the first TAOS-VUB workshop held on the 5th, 6th and 7th March was an inspiring experience! The focus of the workshop was to invite our PhD students in an intense process of exploring & reflecting upon their own research topics in order to help them move forward on their research journeys.

The workshop started with setting the stage. The philosophical foundations of social constructionism and collaborative forms of inquiry were framed, giving the ground for participants to explore, through different creative activities, their own research questions and research design. Time was also taken to reflect on topics like how to connect social construction and collaborative research with the academic language game and the possible implications of different forms of research for the field as well as for the academic world. The final day was dedicated to presentations where each participant shared something of his/her learning process and getting feedback from the group.

We had an amazing international group composed by 10 participants from 10 different countries – Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Tanzania, Iran. The diversity generated a variety of perspectives on the topics presented, enriching the co-learning experience.

The workshop was held at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels and co-facilitated by Celiane Camargo-Borges, Jasmina Sermijn and Gerrit Loots, all TAOS associates.