THE SHADOW

PHD DISSERTATION
CULTURAL STUDIES (kulturwissenschaft)

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"I looked, and looked, and this I came to see :

That what I thought was you and you,

Was really me and me."

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(old proverb)

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Working Title // CCCPM PhD Programme : April 2010
THE SHADOW SIDE OF PROJECTS

Shadow work and noetic skills in the management of creative projects,
A developmental stage model for the creative unfolding in projects

How is the softer, more complex and non-linear side of projects tackled in art-driven ventures, where such noetic variables (creativity, awareness, depth, empathy, intuition, sound interdependence, ability to deal with uncertainty and chaos and integration of individual and collective shadows) are of the uppermost importance and often the focus of the group's work?

What lies behind the belief that projects can or should be orderly managed and always run as smooth as possible?
Could some of our underlying operational premises place chaos, unmanageability, instability, conflict, strong emotions, affects, desires and immoral human drives - out of the scope of projects?
How do we bring unspoken & unseen aspects of experience back into discourse, into awareness and part of our practices?
How do we handle and discuss the complexity of undesirable topics, drives and feelings?

This research focuses on the confidence we hold in “man as rational actor” - not to attain that it is incorrect, only that it is limited in scope. We often presume that our decision-making processes are entirely rational and consciously driven. What if they're not? Research today still makes too little space for the existence and the impact of subconscious drives and unresolved emotions.

PHD RESEARCH
in Cross Cultural Complex Project Management


_ illustration by Francois Boucq for Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Shadow's Treasure"

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If you happen to be working / researching / wondering on the same line of thought and practice, this is a collaborative venture, please do get in touch.

MAIL :
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(and please write "phd" or "shadow" or something I can't miss, in the subject) = Thank you.

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LINKS AND RESOURCES:

A short video explaining the basis of Shadow-work