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ArtFULL2017 - A collective learning retreat


“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” Jack Kerouac, On the Road.
“…And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point dancing it.” Isadora Duncan

Participants: graduate students, community artists, anyone interested in these approaches


Engage with issues of power related to knowledge construction in research and higher education by exploring the nexus of arts and science.
Experiment with and discuss creative research and teaching methods for participation, collaboration and justice.


Description: The course will use performative learning and participatory, adult-education processes to engage participants in exploring the use of various arts-based methods (images, meditation, poetry, song, dance, etc.) in their work. Participants will engage actively to learn specific facilitation skills and ways to collaborate with artists or other creative professionals when needed. The course will build a community of practice to support one another particularly where these methods challenge the norms of their disciplines, institutions and colleagues.

We will have internet, computer projectors and other technology in order to present multiple art forms but we will use the out-of-doors in much of the learning exchanges in order to be fully in the local place through our natural and social interactions.

Language: primarily English with Portuguese as needed

– Adult education – Andragogy
– Participatory
– Multiple formats of interactions with arts
– Reflexive teaching and learning



Questions to tackle:

How is power and colonialism and other hegemonies implicit within the forms of “knowledge”, communications and learning?

How can arts evoke more equity and justice even within “non-artistic” forms of research?

Do arts have to be “translated” into or explained by linear text to use in “academic” scholarship? Is this possible?

What are the critical issues and the implications of attempts at translation and explanation?

Professional versus amateur artist

How do we evaluate the “rigor” of the scholarship? What are the implications of using normative academic measures of evaluation?

“Academic” readings about arts
Multiple examples of arts
Guest speakers
Participant-initiated and led activities



Assignments: Participants will engage in individual or group projects based on their specific needs and interests, including refining their methodologies for their research projects, refining an arts practice, or tackling conceptual questions relating to arts and sciences. Participants will be invited to share their work with the local community during evening cafés. Participants will also be invited to co-create with facilitators and any interested community members, a collection of both creative and analytical work in the form of written text as well as audio-visual presentations.

Publication/Outcome: All participants will be invited to contribute to a publication based on their work during this summer school.

Alison Neilson, CES, University of Coimbra
Andrea Inocêncio , Performance collective Malparidas
Maria Simões, clown, activist, dreamer, nomad
Rick Kool, Associate prof, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University, Vancouver Island, Canada
Maja Maksimovic, University of Belgrade

Price: 170€ Student; 200€ General
Price includes tuition, all materials, all coffee breaks and lunches

Accommodation information


Application Information
All participants must be registered via the CES online registration form AND submit this application form.

Registration limited to the first 30 participants.