4-5 July 2013: EKSIG 2013: Knowing Inside Out – experiential knowledge, expertise and connoisseurship
International Conference 2013 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge
Loughborough University, UK
EKSIG 2013 will address the theme of "Knowing Inside Out - experiential knowledge, expertise and connoisseurship". It will be convened by the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG), and hosted by Loughborough University, UK.
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Professor Paul Greenhalgh (University of East Anglia, UK)
Professor Janet McDonnell (Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, UK)
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EKSIG 2013 aims to provide a forum for debate about expertise and connoisseurship by professionals and academic researchers, exploring the role and relationship of generating and evaluating new and existing knowledge in the creative disciplines and beyond.
The issue of expertise and connoisseurship has come to the fore in recent years as professionals and scholars from many disciplines negotiate the tension between the explicit justification required by research and the tacit appreciation and judgment that expertise and connoisseurship entail.
In many disciplines, expertise and connoisseurship pervades all parts of practice, including processes, the creation of artefacts and/or other kinds of physical manifestations and finally the interpretation through other professionals, such as curators, critics, historians, gourmets etc. While knowledge and experience generated from within creative and professional practice have extensively been disseminated in the research context as a written text and artefacts, the expertise and connoisseurship of professionals have rarely been considered in this context. However, this seems key to understanding, for example, procedural inquiry, using the role of creative output within any inquiry as an illustration or demonstration of the researcher's knowledge or any embedded meanings (e.g. concepts, function, user behaviour, etc.). How professionals develop their expertise and
connoisseurship and how these forms of tacit judgement facilitate explicit justification in research, including the generation, evaluation and communication of knowledge therefore remains open to questions and debate.
With this conference, we wish to explore the roles of the researcher's professional knowledge and the different ways in which it can be utilised and communicated within the framework of research. This may include, for example, investigations into the nature, aims, evaluation, and/or necessity of different forms of expertise and connoisseurship as well as modes of communication and exchange for experiential and procedural knowledge.
Organisers: Nithikul Nimkulrat, Kristina Niedderer, Mark Evans, Seymour Roworth-Stokes
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