Clearing the way towards soulful scholarship

Eline Kieft

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    Have you ever had an inexplicable experience that was so tangible and real that it challenged everything you have been taught, or could rationally comprehend? Have you ever tried to write about it academically? This chapter describes my search for understanding why it is so challenging to include intangible and often mysterious encounters into our work, and what might be necessary to create a soulful scholarship where this is not only welcome but seen as a fertile research strategy. It discusses other ways of knowing beyond but inclusive of rationality in a multidisciplinary ‘alchemy of the soul.’
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA World of Muscle, Bone & Organs
    Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Scholarship in Dance
    EditorsSimon Ellis, Hetty Blades, Charlotte Waelde
    PublisherC-DaRE at Coventry University
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9781846000836
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


    • epistemology
    • shamanism
    • anthropology
    • intersubjectivity
    • ways of knowing


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