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Art, Ritual, and Trance Inquiry

Arational Learning in an Irrational World

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  • Draws on the trance-based learning within education that is being championed by Indigenous-based educator Four Arrows
  • Each chapter ends with a trance and/or an arts-based example as entry point to the content
  • Includes a brief historical overview of the place of altered states of consciousness in cultures drawing from the work of anthropologists, educators, physicists, and theorists (Bourguignon, Goodman, Gowan, Mindell, Schechner)

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This book provides insights into the practice of trance-based inquiry through arts-based research, serving as a beacon to guide the way to thresholds of ancient, yet novel, transmissions. Embedded in lived experience and theory, this book introduces the reader to the liminal space of place and trance-based inquiry processes entwined with creative artworkings. The interweaving of art, ritual, and trance-based inquiry opens sacred spaces for learning and unlearning that bring spirit into form. Each chapter presents examples from women artists and culminates with experiential practices drawn from the author’s decades of creative peregrinations to assist artists, teachers, and researchers in transmitting a conscious way of practicing and creating with trance.


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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA

    Barbara A. Bickel

About the author

Barbara A. Bickel is Emeritus Associate Professor of Art Education at Southern Illinois University, USA, and Co-Director of Studio M*: Collaborative Research Creation Lab Intersecting Arts, Culture, and Healing based in Calgary, Canada.


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