Dynamically interdisciplinary, this project combined traditional academic scholarship, artistic studio practice, performance, and creative writing. Conventional boundaries of academic scholarship and creative arts production were transcended. Drawing on anthropological research, feminist literature and art criticism, research products included academic manuscripts, sculpture exhibitions, and performances that incorporated sculpture, creative writing, poetry, and song. My approach to researching Yup’ik art and culture was not unlike the undifferentiated Yup’ik worldview (Fienup-Riordan, 1994, p.46) that I was studying. Neither traditional Yup’ik life, nor my project was limited by artificial or fixed boundaries, in the case of my project the limits of traditional academic disciplinary content and practices. Reflections about transcending these boundaries as a non-tenured faculty member are intended to engage others in considering their own scholarly and creative pursuits. I propose a starting point for a conversation to blur distinctions between arts and humanities inquiry and production. This symbiotic partnership of arts-informed and traditional research suggests the value of art making in humanities scholarship and ultimately in what can be seen as a fragmented Academia.
|Keywords:||Visual Arts, Inquiry, Exploration, Interdisciplinary, Scholarship and Creative Activity, Transformation, Disciplinary Boundaries|
Associate Professor, Secondary and Foundations of Education, School of Education, Indiana University South Bend, USA
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