What Has Stand-up Ever Done for Qualitative Inquiry?
  • Room 206, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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This seminar by Jonathan Wyatt from the University of Edinburgh discusses the connections between stand-up comedy and qualitative inquiry.

Jonathan is working on a book, provisionally titled Charmed circles: therapy, stand-up, and the gesture of writing, in which he looks to Deleuze and Guattari, new materialist and affect theories, and the comic work of Stewart Lee and others, to explore the connections between stand-up comedy and therapy. 

In the process he finds himself also lured into how stand-up speaks to the processes and practices of qualitative inquiry, and writing-as-inquiry in particular. For example, as he writes this abstract in early January 2016 (on a bleak, rainy Saturday in Edinburgh), the notions of surprise, subversion, juxtaposition, incongruity, circularity, atmosphere and boldness all seem to come into play when he considers how stand-up might speak to what we do as researchers. 

In this seminar, he shall develop these ideas further in pursuit of how stand-up might act as a ‘provocation’ (after Erin Manning) for conceptualising and undertaking qualitative inquiry differently.

This event is open to all and starts at 2pm.

All are welcome. If you have any comments or queries about this event, please email artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk.


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