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Subject:

What Inspires me about performative social science...

From:

Zoë Fitzgerald-Pool <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Performative Social Science <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 3 Apr 2007 22:06:16 +0100

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I am interested
in approaches to enquiry that
embody hearts and souls
not numbers,
sizes or
units of meaning.
I am interested in
both-and
not either-or.
As a psychotherapist,
working with people
within relationship,
my living intention
is to seek to
alleviate suffering.
I am interested
in connections
between living souls
as breathing… walking… dancing… singing…loving…
laughing…living...dying...
.... ... ... ... ...
multidimensional beings.

I will
No longer
pay homage to
King Arcane or the
Emperor Hegemony
nor submit to
their patriarchal armies
in their
own-most-potentiality-for-being-very-very-dead.
The imperial discourse has withered.
His harvest is in.
Witness now the bitter fruits
of the Grand Patriarch.
His authority begat
Defend and attack
Win or Lose
kill or be killed
Witness now
the logos world of the One God
so long fashioned
in the image of Man
Witness now
his logical harvest
his harvest of knives
as force begets force
violence
violence
now
children murder
children
die
in their homes
on the streets
Everywhere
Witness our world dying now
Such a common occurrence...
it is no longer news
Witness now that
peer reviews
of  RCTs
the number of papers in RAEs
the quants
the quals
meta-syntheses
and
…all the king’s horses
and all the king’s men
...and
all the prozac in the
kingdom….
couldn’t put
humpty together again.
(His 10 year old brother had stabbed him and he bled to death on the 
pavement)

I am interested
now…
in living breath for the future.
I am interested
in joining with others
whose imaginations will
generate new energies
to transform our world
our realities
our relationships
into a better place
for all of us
before it is
too late.

I am interested in creating
new realities,
new consciousness(es)
I am interested in
better communication
not more information.
I am interested in
how
we can
develop creative ways
of
both communicating
and understanding
and celebrating
and living
differences.
I am interested in dedicating
attention and intention
to developing a new equality
of both thinking and understanding
between male and female as the
beginning of all differences
I am interested in equalities not hierarchies.
I am interested in developing new languages
new forms…
that can transform our lives…
our living…
our breathing…
our souls…
our ethics…
our moralities…
our spiritualities…
new languages that are
not
any longer dependent upon the
possessive
patriarchal binary logic of forms
that began long ago
with the logos of the One
(who-would-be-obeyed-in-his-ownmost-potentiality-for-believing-himself-to-be-more-important-than-any-other)
I am inspired by the brave pioneers
who inspire hope for
performing transformations
together
and
who refuse to be invalidated by those
Grand Narrators and Counters
of the Units of Death....

Is this a Utopian dream?

Slainte
Zoë Fitzgerald-Pool


>From: Liz Done <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Performative Social Science <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: PERFORMSOCSCI Digest - 28 Mar 2007 to 30 Mar 2007 (#2007-36)
>Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 06:21:41 +0100
>
>Are you familiar with papers by Macnaughton, R.J.? She is based at the
>Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine (University of 
>Durham,
>U.K.) and has written about incorporating patient narrative into medical
>practice. A list of publications and contact details can be found at:
>http://www.dur.ac.uk/cahhm/  Liz Done
>
>
>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: Performative Social Science 
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On
>Behalf Of Rakesh Biswas
>   Sent: 01 April 2007 05:48
>   To: [log in to unmask]
>   Subject: Re: PERFORMSOCSCI Digest - 28 Mar 2007 to 30 Mar 2007 
>(#2007-36)
>
>
>   Thanks Carolyn and Jeff,
>
>   I am aware of Rita Charon's inspiring work (from Annals of Internal
>Medicine and NEJM) and have also come across other various narrative
>interested physicians in journals. I haven't really been able to discuss
>with them how to incorporate it in our day to day medical decision making
>(although the journal articles are definitely an inspiration). I wish more
>narrative interested physicians were a part of this and the autoethnography
>list.
>
>    I too have submitted a paper for the KL september Qualitative 
>conference
>and hope to meet you (Carolyn) there. I was presenting a paper on a
>qualitative approach to EBM in the Apr 20 conference on Oualitative Inquiry
>in Illinois (which I guess you too shall be attending)  but have asked my
>friend and co-author to present it instead.
>
>   Hope to keep learning from you on how to utilize the daily
>performance-narratives (that I see on my ward rounds and outpatient clinic)
>in medical decision making to continue helping our patients.
>
>   At the moment I am writing a project for answering informational needs 
>in
>Malaysian diabetics utilizing mobile phones and it has a quantitative and a
>strong qualitative component (which aims to build an online learning
>community of diabetics utilizing web based thought partner matching after
>automated or manual matching of their E-logs).
>
>   Do let me know if anyone is working on similar lines.
>
>   rakesh
>
>   On 4/1/07, Carolyn Ellis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>     Dear Prof. Biswas, Professor Rita Charon is a physician and a 
>professor
>who
>     incorporates stories/narrative and medicine. There are a number of
>others in
>     the US.
>            I will be in Kuala Lumpur in September 2007 at a qualitative
>methods
>     conference speaking on related issues. If that is close to you, 
>perhaps
>you
>     could join us. Carolyn
>     Carolyn Ellis, Prof. of Communication and Sociology
>     Department of Communication
>     University of South Florida
>     4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS1040
>     Tampa, Fl. 33620-7800
>     Phone: 813-974-3626
>     Fax: 813-974-6817
>
>     To join our autoethnography list, subscribe at
>     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/autoethnography/
>
>
>     -----Original Message-----
>     From: Performative Social Science [mailto: 
>[log in to unmask]]
>On
>     Behalf Of PERFORMSOCSCI automatic digest system
>     Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 7:00 PM
>     To: [log in to unmask]
>     Subject: PERFORMSOCSCI Digest - 28 Mar 2007 to 30 Mar 2007 (#2007-36)
>
>     There is 1 message totalling 160 lines in this issue.
>
>     Topics of the day:
>
>     1. Prof. Biswas in Malaysia
>
>     ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>     Date:    Thu, 29 Mar 2007 20:58:30 -0400
>     From:    Jeff Friedman <[log in to unmask]>
>     Subject: Re: Prof. Biswas in Malaysia
>
>     Prof. Biswas,
>
>     Thanks for your intriguing introduction to the list-serve.
>
>     I briefly wanted to mention that there is an existing group of medical
>     professionals, at least in the U.S., that are engaged in "narrative
>     medicine."  That is, they use their experiences as medical 
>professionals
>     to support a wide variety of fiction/poetic writing practices.
>
>     I only know this because I crashed their conference while attending
>     another meeting at the same facility near Washington D.C. in 2001.  
>I'm
>     not sure of their official name or organizational entity, but I 
>thought
>     you might be interested...
>
>     best wishes,
>
>     Jeff Friedman
>     Department of Dance
>     Rutgers University
>
>     > Thanks to Ben and the group for having initiated this interesting
>     > discussion:
>     >
>     > Who am I?
>     > I am Rakesh Biswas presently an associate professor in Medicine,
>Manipal
>     > University, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Malaysia. I am chiefly
>engaged
>     > in medical problem solving in my hospital based practice and try to
>     > combine
>     > this activity with medical education. I have worked before this in
>     > teaching
>     > hospitals in Pokhara, Nepal and Bangalore, India.
>     >
>     > What Does Performative Social Science Mean To You?
>     >
>     > It means a new way of presenting medical information that blends so
>called
>     > unsystematic, qualitative non structured data along with dry
>structured
>     > data
>     > to inject meaning into it. It means living medicine to the fullest
>such
>     > that
>     > it becomes inseparable from day to day living. To my mind all humans
>are
>     > born physicians/healers although all may not be formally trained. 
>All
>     > humans
>     > need to awaken the healer within them not only to heal others but 
>also
>     > themselves. We are daily performers in an evolving social milieu and
>need
>     > to
>     > take stock of our day to day functional acting that may help to 
>create
>a
>     > difference in the lives of people around us.
>     >
>     > How Am I Incorporating Performative Social Science into my work?
>     >
>     > I always had this uncomfortable feeling about taking lecture classes
>but
>     > being in an academic career there was no way I could escape taking
>them
>     > although I still prefer small group learning sessions. At present I
>feel
>     > I may have solved the lecture class problem to a certain extent by
>     > incoporating performative narratives that describe disease  and
>stimulate
>     > enquiry (and prevent student somnolence).
>     >
>     > Other than this in my day to day dealing with patients I keep
>reminding
>     > myself of the performance that is taking place in the bedside,
>procedure
>     > rooms, waiting ques and the meaning that is generated. Most of us
>perform
>     > daily without an audience and while some of us would like to 
>treasure
>our
>     > performative privacy some revel in sharing it.
>     >
>     > I wish to build a network of shared performances in day to day 
>medical
>     > practice at all levels, patient, medical student, health 
>professionals
>     > etc primarily to supplement tacit learning in medical practice
>alongside
>     > the
>     > present day dominant quantitative evidence based approach. Evidence
>based
>     > medicine supplies average data but fails to optimally satisfy
>     > patient/health
>     > professional information needs.
>     >
>     > Would love to hear and learn more from this list.
>     >
>     > rakesh
>     >
>     >
>     >
>     > Rakesh Biswas MD
>     > Associate professor,
>     > Department of Medicine,
>     > Melaka-Manipal Medical College
>     > 75150 Melaka, Malaysia
>     > Phone: 60-6-2925851-extn 1151 (office) and 2001 (residence)
>     > Fax: 60-6-2817977/60-6-2925852
>     > Mobile: 60-16-6434253
>     > Email: [log in to unmask]
>     > http://www.manipal.edu/melaka/departments/departments.htm
>     >
>     > On 3/28/07, marysmail < [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>     >>
>     >> Dear Performative Social Science Group
>     >>
>     >> I welcome Ben's invitation to put faces to the e group and thank 
>you
>for
>     >> this initiative.  It was also interesting to have Kip's stats for 
>who
>is
>     >> in
>     >> the group which was interesting.
>     >>
>     >> Putting Faces to a Mailing List & How Am I Incorporating 
>Performative
>     >> Social Science into my work?
>     >>
>     >>
>     >> Who am I?
>     >> My name is Mary Smail (Mairs). I am the Director of a charity named
>The
>     >> Sesame Institute for Drama and Movement Therapy.
>     >> www.sesame-institute.org
>     >> The "Sesame" bit comes from the "Open Sesame" in the ancient Ali 
>Baba
>     >> story
>     >> which opens a closed cave door and so reveals inner treasure.  This
>     >> simple
>     >> metaphor describes how Drama and Movement works through inner 
>symbols
>     >> which
>     >> emerge from inside through story, drama, movement and sound 
>allowing
>a
>     >> person's narrative to be met indirectly and gradually transformed
>into
>     >> integration to the every day.  I am the Myths trainer on the MA
>     >> Dramatherapy
>     >> course at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.  I also am a
>     >> registered psychotherapist having trained in psychosynthesis.
>     >>
>     >>
>     >>
>     >> What Does Performative Social Science Mean To You?
>     >> Hmmm!  Good question!  My good friend Zoe Fitzgerald Pool, who is
>     >> studying
>     >> at Bournemouth university, introduced me to the masterclasses at 
>the
>uni
>     >> and
>     >> the PSS ideas.   I attended the "Visual Ways of Knowing" day and am
>     >> coming
>     >> to the next one.
>     >>
>     >> Reading the emails that go round this group and coming on the day 
>has
>     >> been
>     >> like a light going on.  I have long been looking for a way to
>"assess"
>     >> my
>     >> therapy work and have been deeply frustrated by the options
>available -
>     >> my
>     >> question has been - how do I measure the invisible - how can you
>weigh
>     >> soul
>     >> precepts?  I think I am on the edge of finding ways through
>performance.
>     >>
>     >>
>     >> How Am I Incorporating Performative Social Science into my work?
>     >> That is the question for the future of my work.   Watch this space!
>     >>
>     >> Looking forward to hearing from others and thanks again to Thomas 
>for
>     >> setting this up.
>     >>
>     >> Mairs Smail
>     >>
>     >
>
>     ------------------------------
>
>     End of PERFORMSOCSCI Digest - 28 Mar 2007 to 30 Mar 2007 (#2007-36)
>     *******************************************************************
>
>

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