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Drama as a hopeful practice when navigating liminal times

Fries, J and Wall, T (2023) Drama as a hopeful practice when navigating liminal times. Nordic Journal of Art and Research, 12 (2). pp. 1-19. ISSN 2535-7328

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This article presents results from a study where applied drama interventions were deployed in four different groups to build capacities to re-imagine economics. Participants were interviewed or entered dialogue with each other after completing the drama work. Through a close reading of one of the conversations that stands out as glowing in the research material and with inspiration from rhizomatic analysis, we identify four nodes that point to drama as a hopeful practice during insecure times. The dramatic arts have historically facilitated the navigation of localized political and economic tensions, but research and practice has not seemingly addressed the transitions to more holistic forms of development embedded within the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Inclusive Economic Growth. Conceptualizing this transition as liminal, we argue for the use of drama(tic) arts to navigate this state. The node Space for emotions articulates drama as a possibility to embrace and integrate difficult emotions. The node Openings and invitations – a new learning experience describes drama as an unconventional form of teaching that opens for creativity and new understandings. The third node Pretending towards new realities points to how the imaginative aspects of drama can give experiences of new pretended states beyond the liminal. Finally, the node Discomfort and its reinterpretations shows how challenging aspects of drama can be understood as in itself creating a liminal state where the unexpected can emerge. Findings echo the transformatory potential of drama(tic) arts in prior environmental and sustainability education research, but extend it in the specific context of navigating and re-imagining economic growth (SDG8), and point to specific qualities of drama when trying to move towards sustainability in difficult times.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: OsloMet University
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2023 13:59
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 14:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19466
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