Dr. Alexia Buono Presenting at the Artful Inquiry Group International Symposium

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Dr. Alexia Buono Presenting at the Artful Inquiry Group International Symposium

October 16, 2020

Dr. Alexia Buono and colleague Dr. Charles Gonzalez will present their topic of "Transformed by our arts-based research: Actioning into bodily justice in teacher education."

Dr. Alexia Buono, adjunct lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Program and Department of Dance, and colleague Dr. Charles H. Gonzales, Assistant Professor at Austin Peay State University have been accepted to present at the Artful Inquiry Group's third International Symposium, Virtual Edition. Their topic is "Transformed by our arts-based research: Actioning into bodily justice in teacher education." As this year's symposium is virtual and free, we invite all Brockport students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to attend!

Below is the accepted abstract:

"Since 2016, when we first began our ABR collaboration in teacher education using dance research methods, it forever transformed our lifestyles, teaching philosophies, and pedagogies. We are now intentionally and strategically bringing forth bodily restorative justice in our learning environments. During this pandemic crisis in higher education, Chaz has been able to develop a critical awareness of how Body (“my” body, the student body), is neglected and objectified. Alexia has realized how pedagogies of bodily restorative justice can allow her students to feel seen and cared, while at the same time encouraging them to feel the discomfort needed to dismantle oppressive systems inherent in education. We are now developing teachers who center their own and their students' bodily identities, needs, and experiences.

We will begin our session by sharing our stories, experiences, and examples of transformational change from our ABR and teacher education work. We will discuss how we engage with somatic justice to dismantle white supremacy. By actioning into bodily justice work for BIPOC, we “[fight] the heritage of dualism” (Pederson & Orset, 2019). Participants will join in somatic practices (i.e., sensing into one's inner embodied experiences), and connect these practices with social change in learning environments through discussion."

About AIRG, from their website:

"The Artful Inquiry Symposium is an interdisciplinary forum for sharing scholarship, practices, and research on artful inquiry and methods in higher education.

The AIRG 2020 Virtual Symposium will include a select number of sessions led by scholars, researchers, students, artists, and practitioners that demonstrate and investigate the role and impact of arts-based practices through collaborations.

Please note registration is free; a donation to a local charity of your preference is highly recommended."

You can learn more at the symposium's website.

Links:

Contact:

abuono@brockport.edu

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