Expressive Autoethnography: Art and Poetry as Data

Prof. David Ian Hanauer,
Ms. Dafna Rehavia
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Autoethnography is a recent addition to the research methods of qualitative researchers. In the proposed workshop this research method is extended to the realm of personal artistic expression. The central tenet of this approach is that art, when used systematically, can provide insights into deeply held personal questions and as such is a source of data that should not be ignored by researchers. The workshop will be presented by two researchers - David Hanauer and Dafna Rehavia - and will involve a brief introduction to the research method and then a demonstration, utlizing the audience of expressive autoethnography. The demonstration will address Hanauer's personal poetry concerning the holocaust and Rehavia's assemblage art work concerning personal loss.

Keywords: Research, Art Theory, Aesthetic Cognitivism, Qualitative Research, Holocaust Poetry, Loss
Stream: Art in Communities, Constructing Art Worlds, Arts Education, Analysing Artforms, Meaning and Representation, Art and Human Rights
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Prof. David Ian Hanauer

Associate Professor of English, Graduate Program in Composition and TESOL, English Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA

Prof. Hanauer is an experienced applied linguist and literacy teacher. He has taught at Tel-Aviv University, Purdue University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of Composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In his research, he employs theoretical, qualitative and quantitative methods and focuses on the connections between reading and writing authentic texts and social functions in first and second languages. Among other issues, he has investigated genre specific aspects of poetry reading in L1 and L2, cognitive aspects of literary education, cross-cultural understandings of fable reading, scientific literacy, political graffiti and academic literacy across disciplines. He has published in Applied Linguistics, Discourse Processes, TESOL Quarterly, Canadian Modern Language Review, Research in the Teaching of English, Teaching and Teacher Education, Language Awareness, Cognitive Linguistics, The Arts in Psychotherapy, Poetics, and Poetics Today. His three most recent books are The Balanced Approach to Reading Instruction, Poetry and the Meaning of Life and Scientific Discourse: Multiliteracy in the Classroom (forthcoming). In 2003, Dr. Hanauer functioned as the special editor of the Canadian Modern Language Review for a special issue addressing the relationship between Literature and Applied Linguistics. He has also received a National Science Foundation Grant for 2003-2005 for the study of science-literacy connections in the elementary school classroom and a 2005-6 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Ms. Dafna Rehavia

Art Therapist, Therapy and Counseling Services, Art Therapy Services of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Ms. Rehavia is an art therapist with 13 years of experience working in a variety of psychiatirc, educational and private settings in Israel and US. She has an MA in Expressive Art Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and is currently working on her Phd at Derby University in the UK. Ms. Rehavia is also an exhibiting artist who has shows in Israel and the US. Her art work is characterized by the use of painting and assemblage to explore personally significant questions and issues.

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