What Can the Circus Arts Teach Us About Pedagogy?"

talk – 30 min | Feb 4 – 1:30

I ran away with the circus. More specifically, I spent two years conducting an immersive ethnographic study of circus pedagogy and communities in Montreal, Canada. What began as a sociological exploration of risk culture developed into a case study of radically different ways of approaching education and more engaged creative learning. I will share some of the key insights and best practices from these partnerships with schools that prioritize creative experimentation, collaboration, and precarious play within their curriculum.

Paloma Holmes

Paloma Holmes
Normative, Canada

About the speaker

Paloma Holmes

Paloma Holmes

Normative, Canada

I am a researcher and analyst who explores what moves people—physically, conceptually and emotionally. My work is underpinned by questions like: What are the emotions, beliefs, and narratives that drive different cultures, our identities and sense of belonging, and how does this shape what we desire and consume? How can we tap into different mediums of expression to best articulate our stories and build meaningful connections?

My research interests and background includes:

• Sociology and cultural studies • Qualitative methods and ethnography • Aesthetics, art, and the politics of representation • History and philosophy of science • Risk as a means of social connection • Sexuality, gender studies and queer theory

For my doctoral research, I conducted an ethnography of how participation in cultures of physical struggle and risk-oriented activities serves to create social bonds, community, and alternative forms of kinship through a case study of circus arts in Montréal, Québec.

I am passionate about how visual media and story-telling offer significant ways to connect with different audiences and build client relations. My experiences involve researching, developing and actualizing the creative potential and vision for different groups including, students, athletes, private clients and major companies.

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