Professor Brendon McCormack

Head of the Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

The Artistry and Creativity of Knowledge – the rhythm, movement and flow of authentic being

The connections between the arts and research are well established and arts-based research is a well-established methodology.  In addition, the use of arts-based methods in more mainstream evaluation programmes is commonplace.  However a key challenge for all of us as researchers is the adoption of integrated and authentic approaches to knowledge generation and translation.  Whilst there is greater acceptance of co-design as a legitimate approach to generating knowledge it is still the case that more traditional methods of evaluation are ‘tagged on’ to the creative processes – reinforcing the suspicion with which these methods are treated by mainstream researchers.

This paper will articulate the holistic knowing that is at the heart of creative practice and in doing so will make the case for associated knowledge frameworks to also be holistic and authentic. The key themes of ‘movement and flow’ will be illustrated and energised through the use of poetry, metaphor and imagery. [Tuesday 14th July, 2pm]

Professor Brendan McCormack
Professor II, Buskerud University College, Drammen, Norway; Extraordinary Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Visiting Professor, School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Aberdeen.

Brendan’s internationally recognised work in person-centred practice development and research has resulted in successful long-term collaborations in Ireland, the UK, Norway, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia and South Africa.  His writing and research work focuses on person-centered practice, gerontological nursing, and practice development and he serves on a number of editorial boards, policy committees, and development groups in these areas.  He has a particular focus on the use of arts and creativity in healthcare research and development.  Brendan has more than 600 published outputs, including 160 peer-reviewed publications and 8 books.  He is the Editor of the “International Journal of Older People Nursing”.  Brendan is a Fellow of The European Academy of Nursing Science.  In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, awarded the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by Sigma Theta Tau International and listed in the Thomson Reuters 3000 most influential researchers globally.

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