Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 20 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-led 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 was Reader in Performative Social Science and Qualitative Research at
Bournemouth University for 15 years.
He is now a Visiting Scholar and and an independent author and scholar.

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.
Jones' most recent work involves working with Generation Z youth to tell their stories using
social media.
His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including Auto-fiction, 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 14,000 people in 150 countries.

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.

Friday, 15 January 2021

Authors from Seven Countries contribute to book Doing Performative Social Science

I am pleased to announce that Taylor & Francis will publish Doing Performative Social Science: Creativity in doing research and reaching communities” early in 2022. 

Pre-order now open.

The book’s Chapters will include contributions from three Americans, six Britons, three Canadians, three Danes, and one scholar each from Germany, Japan and  Turkey. The authors come from disciplines ranging from Psychology, Education, Music Therapy, Nutrition, Movement & Dance, Law, Theatre, Sexualities, Disability Studies, Geography, Media, Virtual Reality and Circus Performance.

Focuses include a wide range subjects, including Theatre, Opera, Musical instruments and interviewing, Teaching, Embodied learning, Curating exhibitions, Audience participation drama, Queer women’s theatre, Life story installations, Pakistanis in the UK through poetry, Interview with a river, Walking as method, Poetry and community action, and Auto-ethnography.

Performative Social Science (PSS) is currently gaining attention, even popularity, amongst academics who are particularly frustrated with PowerPoint and “Zoom". A wide range of the arts (e.g., photography, dance, drama, filmmaking, poetry, puppetry, knit-bombing, fiction, and more) expands—even replaces—shop-worn methods of research, dissemination efforts, and learning. Ideally, PSS projects can include forming collaborations with artists themselves and creating a sophisticated investigation, education and diffusion package. These efforts also often include engaging the wider community as co-creators of projects and outcomes.

The book will demonstrate how contributing authors have used the arts-led principles of Performative Social Science and its philosophy based in Relational Aesthetics in real world projects. PSS will be fully demonstrated through its pragmatic use, be it in research, dissemination, performance, exhibition, community action, publication, education, and so forth. PSS provides the overarching intellectual prowess, strategies and methodological and theoretical strengths to engage and unite scholars across disciplines and, in turn, connect researchers’ endeavours with artists, communities and stakeholders.

List of Contributors
Kip Jones, Editor
Alison Upshaw 
Alisha N Ali
Becky White  
Catherine Morley
Jenny Scott  
Jim Brooks
Lisa Goldberg & Megan Aston
Charlotte Svendler Nielsen
Stine Klein Degerbøl
Guenter Mey
Masayuki Okahara
Qulsom Fazil
Helen Johnson 
Sophie Edwards
Sonya Grace Turkman
Tim Buescher

Previous Writings on Performative Social Science

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