Methodologies Dialogue: Complexity

Ruthie Abeliovich, Leo Cabranes-Grant, Soo Ryon Yoon

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Different experiences, archives, and ontologies create complexity that must be addressed in archival (historic) and ethnographic (contemporary) contexts in order to assess and curate data, whether early twentieth-century vocal recordings of Jewish performers, transnational records reflecting colonial Mexico, or African dancers’ performances in Korea. Ruthie Abeliovich, Leo Cabranes-Grant, and Soo Ryon Yoon discuss the ‘messiness’ of research and advocate for an affective ‘listening’ practice that can lead to fresh directions when operating with little or no archival material, working multilingually, and developing reciprocal performance ethnographies. Conceptual shifts can occur that demand rewriting and sometimes starting over, revising foundational research questions, and clarifying approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Guide to Mixed Methods Research for Theatre and Performance Studies
EditorsTracy C. Davis, Paul Rae
Place of PublicationCambridge
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781009294904
StatePublished - 2024


  • Ethnography
  • Historiography
  • Multilingual methods
  • Ontology


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