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Identifying transformational space for transdisciplinarity: using art to access the hidden third.

Sustainability science, 2019, Vol.14(3), pp.771-790 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    Identifying transformational space for transdisciplinarity: using art to access the hidden third.
  • Author: Steelman, Toddi A ; Andrews, Evan ; Baines, Sarah ; Bharadwaj, Lalita ; Bjornson, Emilie Rose ; Bradford, Lori ; Cardinal, Kendrick ; Carriere, Gary ; Fresque-Baxter, Jennifer ; Jardine, Timothy D ; Maccoll, Ingrid ; Macmillan, Stuart ; Marten, Jocelyn ; Orosz, Carla ; Reed, Maureen G ; Rose, Iain ; Shmon, Karon ; Shantz, Susan ; Staples, Kiri ; Strickert
  • Contributor: Steelman, Toddi A (correspondence author) ; Steelman, Toddi A (record owner)
  • Found In: Sustainability science, 2019, Vol.14(3), pp.771-790 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Art ; Boundary Objects ; Hidden Third ; Respect ; Transdisciplinarity ; Transformation
  • Language: English
  • Description: Byline: Toddi A. Steelman (1), Evan Andrews (2), Sarah Baines (3), Lalita Bharadwaj (6), Emilie Rose Bjornson (4), Lori Bradford (7), Kendrick Cardinal (8), Gary Carriere (9), Jennifer Fresque-Baxter (5), Timothy D. Jardine (10), Ingrid MacColl (11), Stuart Macmillan (12), Jocelyn Marten (13), Carla Orosz (14), Maureen G. Reed (15), Iain Rose (16), Karon Shmon (17), Susan Shantz (18), Kiri Staples (19), Graham Strickert (1), Morgan Voyageur (20) Keywords: Transdisciplinarity; Transformation; Art; Boundary objects; Hidden third; Respect Abstract: A challenge for transdisciplinary sustainability science is learning how to bridge diverse worldviews among collaborators in respectful ways. A temptation in transdisciplinary work is to focus on improving scientific practices rather than engage research partners in spaces that mutually respect how we learn from each other and set the stage for change. We used the concept of Nicolescu's "Hidden Third" to identify and operationalize this transformative space, because it focused on bridging "objective" and "subjective" worldviews through art. Between 2014 and 2017, we explored the engagement of indigenous peoples from three inland delta regions in Canada and as a team of interdisciplinary scholars and students who worked together to better understand long-term social--ecological change in those regions. In working together, we identified five characteristics associated with respectful, transformative transdisciplinary space. These included (1) establishing an unfiltered safe place where (2) subjective and objective experiences and (3) different world views could come together through (4) interactive and (5) multiple sensory experiences. On the whole, we were more effective in achieving characteristics 2--5--bringing together the subjective and objective experiences, where different worldviews could come together--than in achieving characteristic 1--creating a truly unfiltered and safe space for expression. The novelty of this work is in how we sought to change our own engagement practices to advance sustainability rather than improving scientific techniques. Recommendations for sustainability scientists working in similar contexts are provided. Author Affiliation: (1) 0000 0004 1936 7961, grid.26009.3d, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, 9 Circuity Drive, Durham, NC, 27708-0328, USA (2) 0000 0000 8644 1405, grid.46078.3d, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo, Environment 2, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L3G1, Canada (3) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Room 323, Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5C8, Canada (4) Deninu K'ue First Nation, Box 204, Fort Resolution, NT, XOE OMO, Canada (5) grid.451269.d, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, 5102 50th Ave, P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 3S8, Canada (6) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan, 104 Clinic Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E5, Canada (7) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, 326 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, 57N 5CB, Canada (8) Metis Local 125, Box 547, 105 Mcdonald Street, Fort Chipewyan, AB, T0P1B0, Canada (9) Traper and Fisherman, 525 Crate Ave, PO Box 69, Cumberland House, SK, SOE-OSO, Canada (10) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Toxicology Centre - Room 215, 44 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5B3, Canada (11) Charlebois Community School, Cumberland House, SK, S0E 0S0, Canada (12) Resource Conservation, Wood Buffalo National Park, 149 McDougal Rd, Fort Smith, NT, X0E 0P0, Canada (13) Mikisew Cree First Nation, Fort Chipewyan, AB, TOP-1BO, Canada (14) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, The Department of Drama, University of Saskatchewan, John Michell Building - Room 189, 118 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E2, Canada (15) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, 335 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5C8, Canada (16) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, Department of Drama, University of Saskatchewan, John Mitchell Bldg., Room 141, 118 Science Pl., Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E2, Canada (17) Publishing, Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, 2 - 604 22nd Street West, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 5W1, Canada (18) 0000 0001 2154 235X, grid.25152.31, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, 3 Campus Dr., Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A4, Canada (19) 0000 0000 8644 1405, grid.46078.3d, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada (20) Box 366, Fort Chipewyan, AB, T0P 1B0, Canada Article History: Registration Date: 23/10/2018 Received Date: 05/06/2018 Accepted Date: 23/10/2018 Online Date: 13/11/2018 Article note: Handled by Alexander Gonzalez Flor, University of the Philippines Open University, Philippines.
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 1862-4057 ; DOI: 10.1007/s11625-018-0644-4

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