Knowledge Mobilisation

ASC! SOUL Pod

Knowledge mobilisation efforts were directed by the ASC! SOUL (Sharing Our Understanding and Learning) Pod.

Since effective knowledge mobilization is central to realizing the impact of arts for social change across Canada, the SOUL pod committed to leading a collective knowledge mobilization process with all ASC! research team members designing resources for sharing research outcomes. They sought to communicate with multiple audiences using diverse, and where possible, artful delivery platforms.

Knowledge dissemination can include: articles in academic and non-academic journals, performances, colloquiums, reports, found poetry, podcasts, websites, videos, storytelling, courses, conference presentations, cartoons, art exhibits, documentaries, conferences, information meetings, brochures, posters, discussion groups, and blogs.

The SOUL pod also engaged in internal knowledge mobilization across the national ASC! team, to ensure ongoing education, training, and knowledge exchange. The geographical diffusion of the ASC! team provided unique opportunities and challenges.

Work conducted within the SOUL Pod was directed by the research of two Co-Investigators: Dr. Katherine Boydell of Black Dog Institute, UNSW, Sydney, Australia and SickKids Learning Institute, Toronto, and
Dr. Lynn Fels, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.

The SOUL Pod team included researchers Shira Taylor (SickKids Learning Institute) and Dr. Patti Fraser (Simon Fraser University).

SOUL pod activities included:

A Collaboration Study to document the ASC! Project’s national research collaboration process and to identify team challenges and triumphs by examining collaboration activities and perspectives of members of the research team.
An exploration of Found Poetry as an alternative and artful form of knowledge mobilization to disseminate research findings
A series of indepth conversations and interviews with senior artists reflecting on their art for social change practice. See Artists Speak (What Matters)
An online journal article: P. Fraser & F. Harrison, (2016). Art For? A conversation with Steven Hill. Art/Research International: A transdisciplinary journal. Ed. Conrad & Leavy, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Alberta
A conference presentation in New York City: Creative Liberation: Arts for Social Change. Performing the World 2016 Conference, Performing to Power. Sept 23-25, New York, New York, USA.


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