Doctoral artistic research project “Circus as Practices of Hope” by Marie-Andrée Robitaille (SKH). Credit Picture: Einar Kling Odencrants
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Marie-Andrée Robitaille participates during the sustainability conference ISDRS

14/06/2022

The International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference – ISDRS takes place between 15 and 17 June 2022 in Stockholm. This year, the conference is organized under the special topic: Sustainable Development and Courage: Culture, Art and Human Rights. Doctoral candidate Marie-Andrée Robitaille is one of the keynote speakers.

Marie-Andrée Robitaille will introduce the project “Vulnerability as Virtuosity” a part of her Doctoral Artistic Research project “Circus as Practices of Hope” at SKH. The presentation will be followed by a plenary session including researchers particpating in the project: Emma Stenström from Stockholm School of Economics and Malena Britz from the Swedish Defence University. The panel will be moderated by Tinna Joné from SKH. The panel will discuss notions of vulnerability and virtuosity both from the perspective of the researchers own fields and in relation to transdisciplinarity as a hopeful practice for the future.  


When: 16 June, at 16:15-17:15
Where: Alfred Nobels Allé 7, Flemingsberg


Vulnerability as Virtuosity, Hopeful Practices for the Future

Marie-Andrée Robitaille’s artistic doctoral project “Circus as Practices of Hope” is in response to the growing complexities emerging from the convergence of the fourth industrial revolution, the sixth mass extinction, and the eco-socio-political turmoil of our time. It asks: How might circus arts contribute to developing embodied practices to help navigate the significant current paradigm shift in this contemporary planetary context? What can be learned about our modes of presence and engagement in the world when the circus artist recognizes and integrates vulnerability in circus composition and performance rather than aiming to transcend it?

Following the International Sustainable Development Research Society’s seminar series in 2020, Marie-Andrée Robitaille invited a group of researchers from the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm University, Uppsala University and Södertörn University to meet around the notion of vulnerability. In 2021, through discursive activities, they collectively looked at how the notion of vulnerability is understood and manifested in their respective fields, and how possible new practices could be initiated, practices that might help align vulnerability with a more sustainable and fairer world?

Beginning with a presentation of the overall project, the panel will bring together researchers from the fields of circus arts, economics, military and civilian aspects of defence. The panel will discuss notions of vulnerability and virtuosity both from the perspective of their own fields and in relation to transdisciplinarity as a hopeful practice for the future. 

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Photo: Doctoral artistic research project “Circus as Practices of Hope” by Marie-Andrée Robitaille (SKH). Credit Picture: Einar Kling Odencrants.


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