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Posters presented at the 7th Advances in Qualitative Methods International Conference

International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
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  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Science


\\Nsg11\IIQM\Private\mjcalder... Abstracts of papers presented at the 7th Advances in Qualitative Methods International Conference Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia 13-16 July 2006 Invited Keynote Papers and Concurrent Papers (A) Invited Keynote Papers What Lies Beyond the Narrative Horizon?: The Spiritual Dimension in Critical Qualitative Research Phil Francis Carspecken School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, In, USA A deep exploration of what the term “critical” implicates in critical theory and critical ethnography takes us much further than the practice of social and cultural critique. It reveals profound implications with respect to issues and themes long treated primarily within spiritual traditions. These make a long list, including the nature of consciousness, the self, self-other relations, meaning, knowledge, truth, certainty, love, self-realization, paradox, the limits of reason and representation, and much more. This talk will explore such connections, arguing that spirituality is deeply and necessarily entailed within the core philosophical structures of contemporary critical theory and related research practices. Of course, “spirituality” is a term used in diverse ways within diverse traditions. Certain aspects of theistic traditions can be understood and appreciated, with some reinterpretation, through contemporary critical theory. But the closest connection that this philosophical and methodological orientation has with extant spiritual traditions is found with the Chan and Zen Buddhist schools of China and Japan, some of the philosophies associated with yoga in India, and some of the teachings we find in Sufism and Western mysticism. These are spiritual traditions that emphasize practices rather than beliefs. The spiritual content in critical theory can be uncovered in a variety of ways, but in this talk the role that narratives play in the construction of self, other and world will be emphasized. Narratives are chronic to everyday human l

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