This workshop invites us to consider the special possibilities available to us whenwe construct dialogic social inquiry as the relationally responsive work of the whole body, not only the ‘mind.’ In our exploration together we will characterize the‘researcher’s’ role as embodied
a sensuous, participatory, reflective, andintimate way of being, different from that of
interpreter. Shared authorship
practices will figure prominently into our focus as this workshopis oriented to the intricate dialogic process of encountering and interacting with not onlythe words, but also the textual voice and bodily being of the other (Bakhtin, 1986, p.144). A particular social inquiry project, recently defended as a dissertation at theUniversity of Tilburg (DeFehr, 2008), will illustrate the constraints and potentials of the‘carnal’, collaborative approach to dialogic inquiry put forward in this workshop.
Inquiry Project Example: An Overview
Phronetic research thus benefits from focusing on case studies, precedents, and exemplars (Flyvbjerg, 2001, p. 135).
Our exemplar inquiry project begins in June, 2005, as fourteen Collaborativetherapy practitioners (Anderson, 1997; Anderson & Gehart, 2007) from six countriescome together at the International Summer Institute with Harlene Anderson and SylviaLondon. With this initial group meeting, we launch a
experience of practice as generative and transforming. Our topic focus extends mylongstanding interest in reciprocity and generative mutual influence in human servicework—an interest shared and nurtured through my involvement within the internationalCollaborative practice community. This inquiry project forms the central requirement for my degree in the Taos-Tilburg Doctoral Program. I am extremely fortunate to haveHarlene Anderson as my advising faculty; without her, this learning experience wouldnot be possible.
Project Central Question
The following question is central within the project; practitioners respond to itusing both spoken conversation and written journaling:
How could you describe your practice as generative and transforming for yourself?
Significant Events and Dates
Three interactive events are critical in shaping this inquiry:
Face-to-face dialogue in Playa Del Carmen, International Summer Institute, 2005(often referred to as
The Playa Dialogue
throughout this project).
Journaling in response to the project’s central question, July through August,2005.
Primary author uses writing to respond into the project’s spoken and writtenutterances.