Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 19 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-based research', his main efforts have involved developing tools
from the arts and humanities for use by social scientists in research and its impact on a wider
public or a Perfomative Social Science.

Jones is Reader in Performative Social Science and Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research
at Bournemouth University. Kip has produced films and written many articles for academic
journals and authored chapters for books on topics such as masculinity, ageing and rurality,
and older LGBT citizens. His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including
biography and auto-ethnography, and the use of tools from the arts in social science research and
dissemination are well-known.

Jones acted as Author and Executive Producer of
the award-winning short film,
RUFUS STONE, funded by Research Councils UK.
The film is now available for
free viewing on the Internet and has been
viewed by more than 13,000 people in 150

Areas of expertise
• Close relationships, culture and ethnicity
• Social psychology, sociology
• Ageing, self and identity
• Interpersonal processes, personality,
individual differences,
social networks, prejudice and stereotyping
• Sexuality and sexual orientation
• Creativity and the use of the
arts in Social Science

Media experience
His work has been reported widely
in the media, including:
BBC Radio 4,BBC TV news,Times
Higher Education, Sunday New
York Times, International
and The Independent.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Rufus Stone: nascita/finale

The road from inception of the idea to the making of the film, 'Rufus Stone', has been a long one. This video represents that beginning in scholarship and inspiration and ending in art.

A page from my notebook inscribes the first time I thought of 'Rufus Stone' as the character and the title for the film. Some of the books that I consumed along the journey are included in the shot.

During the shoot of the final scene for the film I remarked how the process of capturing the scene was a small film in itself and began filming on my tiny Canon camera. It reminded me of Fellini, but also of a ballet, the crew and equipment as dancers. Minghella's 'Butterfly' also came to mind and his use of character movement across a static horizonal platform.

'Rufus Stone' the movie goes into post-production shortly. I wanted to capture here, however, the spirit of the making of that film and represent what it meant to me emotionally.

Music: Puccini's "Elegy for String Quartet - Crisantemi"

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