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The Challenge to Write – Dangerous and Disruptive Words

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This seminar engages with emerging debates around the value and danger of writing as a creative experience, and what forms of writing are valued and supported within 21st century teaching and research. Janice brings together examples of the creative works and reflections written by pre-service teachers as novice authors over a three year period, and reflections on the experience of researchers as writers using qualitative methods in a climate of neo-positivism. She suggests that writing that is audacious, troubling and creative supports powerful thinking and has the power to disrupt our personal and professional habitus as artists, educators, and researchers.


Visiting scholar and Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Janice’s career as an educator spans 30 years and four continents. Her interdisciplinary research brings together the arts, literacies and emerging technologies, spatial and border theories and concepts of identity, power and interculturality. A Churchill Fellow, Janice is co-convenor for the Australian Association for Research in Education narrative inquiry Special Interest Group. Her recent publications include Weaving Words: Personal and professional transformation through writing as research (2014) Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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