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The Dramaturgy of Conversation

Project leader:
Ingrid Cogne (IKW)

4 years
extended until 14.1.2025

Funded by:
FWF - Austrian Science Fund | Elise-Richter PEEK (V709)

FWF | Elise-Richter PEEK-Fellow
Ingrid Cogne, Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies
Duration: 15.1.2019 – 14.1.2025

Can the hierarchy of knowledge and the power relationships it implies be challenged through the doing? Can situations of meeting on/around/with knowledge open up for alternative positions and functions for practical knowledge?

The central question of The dramaturgy of Conversation as a methodology is HOW?

How can the context, structure, location, and duration of existing or created situations of conversation support the (re-)articulation of the persons involved? How can one use or work with conversations? How can one read, inhabit, and embody the parameters of a conversation? How can one facilitate a conversation? How does a situation itself facilitate the meeting with knowledge? How can one create a situation of conversation that will be the facilitator itself?

The dramaturgy of Conversation aims to tackle different approaches, analyses, and practices of conversations. Several forms of conversations and various related knowledges are questioned from different positions and perspectives. The data studied come from personal, external, or created (for and within the project) archives. In this project, researcher Ingrid Cogne analyses, develops or transforms, re-articulates and re-structures the ways in which one creates, inhabits, and facilitates conversations.

Conversation is Knowledge.

The dramaturgy of Conversation proposes situations, settings, and protocols of conversations that involve, combine, or isolate various languages (spoken, bodily, and written), “in-between” and relational knowledge, and dialogical methods and processes as well as formats of communication. A conversation requires the reading of the different i) routes one can take, ii) turns one can choose. One is a filter combining different actions: speaking, listening, transcribing, reading, transporting, transforming, and displacing. The filtering of the situations, contents, and forms is done by the persons involved in the research, who encounter the research on political, physical, and perceptive levels.

The dramaturgy of Conversation will result in, and make available, a methodology that focuses on “how” practical knowledge can be read, unfolded, and circulated within the “doing”. It is a methodology that facilitates the access to the unknown and the inarticulable. The research navigates between quantity and quality, fiction and reality, material and immaterial, visible and invisible.