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Uncertainty in Practice: A Healing Workshop for Overdisciplined Educators
Facilitators: Miriam Atkin, Robert Kocik, Melanie Maar
Sunday, April 23 2017, 3-6pm
The departmentalization of intellectual work is a force in place to legislate certainty: if one can “master” the data set and skills required by a particular discipline, one is insured against the shame of unknowing. In fact, schools seem to exist for the very purpose of punishing uncertainty with aims to exterminate it. But the anxiety in treading new ground and questioning one’s center is not only a prevalent experience for teachers to have, but a necessary and transformative one. How can we re-think uncertainty as a decisive emotional stance and pedagogical approach? How might interdisciplinarity help to welcome this?
This workshop will be cofacilitated by teachers in different fields who will lead group activities which investigate various forms of knowledge transmission. Attendees will participate both as students poised to receive new information and as pedagogues reflecting upon how knowledge is being presented to them and what it takes to accept it.
Questions we'll think through as a group: what were the methods employed by each instructor for opening up the mindbody to new information? what did it feel like to grapple with the ideas/practices presented? Any particular moments of resistance? Did they resolve?
There will be movement involved in some of the workshop activities. Please make sure to wear comfortable clothing.
Miriam Atkin is a writer whose work has been largely concerned with the possibilities of poetry as an oral medium in conversation with avant-garde film, music and dance. She teaches writing at CUNY and is a PhD candidate in English literature at The Graduate Center.
Robert Kocik is a poet, architect and economic-justice activist who studied poetics at the New College in San Francisco and engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique IBOIS in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Melanie Maar is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, and teacher originally from Vienna, who has been a faculty member of Movement Research since 2014, where she has taught workshops and classes for professional performers, seniors, and others.