The Relational Research Network in a global initiative to explore, share, learn, and create practices and processes for doing research from a relational perspective. We invite you to join in the initiative.
The Second International Taos Relational Research Symposium was held March 14 and 15, 2016. This symposium was a continuation of the conversations begun at the First International Relational Research Symposium in Prague, Czech Republic in 2014. The symposium offered a blended in-person and online conversation about relational research and explored research’s potential in transforming individual lives, families, organizations, communities, and the world. The symposium was a virtual international gathering to explore 'relational research' together. Not a planned program per se, but dialogic, generative, collaborative working sessions to learn about relational research, support each other's research ideas, and explore shared possibilities. Ken Gergen, Harlene Anderson and Sheila McNamee sparked our conversations and reflections on the topic of Relational Research for Social Transformation.
This workshop focused on the act of conducting research, using experiential and interactive methods. The workshop explored the experience of participants, developing our local knowledge toward possible forms of inquiry. Through collective performances and the co-creation of methods, research scenarios were constructed, linking research and intervention, theory and practice.
The First International Symposium on Relational Research “Changing practice through research and changing research through practice”
September 5-7, 2014
The emerging post-modern paradigms in social research are provoking changes in the way knowledge is understood and produced in research. The focus shifts from the discovery of a pre-existing truth or singular reality to the process of constructing knowledge in diverse contexts. Postmodern strategies recognize the dynamic and constructed nature of reality while encouraging attention to the interpersonal relationships that ultimately shape and define our experience. In this dialogical approach orientation, openness, multiplicity, appreciation and engagement are invited in research. As a consequence, a democratic view on what is possible in research is emerging and connecting more with daily practice in organizations and society. Critical analysis, reflexive deliberation, co-operative inquiry, performative, and action research – among others - stem from this relational epistemology.
The symposium aims to discuss diverse epistemological strategies located in a relational and collaborative view of research and related methodological and ethical implications.