Dr. Nancy Gerber, a Visiting Scholar with the Art Therapy Program in the Department of Art Education, recently attended the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) 15th annual conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. The purpose of this conference is to provide a venue for exploring philosophy, theory, and methods in qualitative research across academic disciplines and research traditions. It also offers a forum by which qualitative research can be contextualized as an agent of social discourse, justice, and change.
Dr. Gerber has taken an active role in the conference by sharing her expertise on Arts Based Research (ABR) at the conference through multiple modalities. She co-facilitated an Arts-Based Research Special Interest Group with Dr. Richard Siegesmund of the University of Northern Illinois for the second year as a pre-conference symposium. Dr. Gerber also presented and conducted a workshop on Intrinsic Arts-Based Research as part of the pre-conference symposium and contributed to a plenary panel entitled “Art as Resistance” to encourage further investigation of research ideas and topics related to the human condition using ABR methods. Her presentation on the panel was entitled “Saving our Soul: Radical Imagination as Activism”. She states that,
Overall, the ICQI was a rich and thought-provoking experience with intriguing presentations, stimulating discussion, and affiliative collegiality. Many thanks to Noah Kenneally, Taylor Ellis, and Katrina Smyth for their enthusiastic participation.
Thank you, Dr. Gerber, for your commitment and contribution to the art therapy field!