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date: 25 September 2022

Arts-Based Queer Communication Studieslocked

Arts-Based Queer Communication Studieslocked

  • Sandra L. FaulknerSandra L. FaulknerDepartment of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University
  •  and Madison A. PollinoMadison A. PollinoDepartment of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University

Summary

The blending of queer communication studies and arts-based research (ABR) offers a unique way to engage in this exploration and critique dominant structures and institutions that influence social lives. ABR offers scholars a means to understand in more imaginative ways by allowing for personal, emotional, experiential, and embodied expressions of knowledge that value alternative, participatory, and indigenous ways of knowing. ABR approaches to queer communication studies allow individuals to combine queer concepts, content, and methodologies with subjective lived and embodied experiences. ABR offers several avenues to disrupt and transform the taken-for-granted heteronormative foundations of research. ABR alongside queer communication studies encourages individuals to challenge their perceptions of gender and sexuality as well as the conventions that shape these perceptions. ABR, unlike other research methodologies, creates a space where individuals can explore and confront difficult topics in a more digestible and nontraditional manner. Through creative practices such as autoethnography, poetic inquiry, performance, and film, individuals can resist and critique the status quo while simultaneously providing an alternative perspective that recognizes the highly personal and fluid nature of one’s identities and relationships.

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  • Gender (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies)

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