Fingers next to Canvas: the mess of data collection with my "ngers cutting into the left-hand side of the image.
This paper brings together two different ways of knowing failure, with a view to offering epistemological, methodological and ontological resources for undertaking feminist research. The idea behind ‘two ways of knowing failure’ is to make a point about the kinds of knowledge, data, and methods that are legitimate and valued in the research assembl...
Background The aim of the study was to perform an in-depth exploratory analysis of the experience and image of one’s body among living kidney donors. Method The research was carried out using mixed methodology. The study on experiencing one’s own body was carried out using the sociological methodology of the grounded theory (qualitative research)....
In this chapter we explore material and discursive risk assemblages and reflect on our attempts to develop culturally responsive pedagogies that interrupt risk discourses. We draw on arts-based ethnographic data from a school in a deprived area of Manchester to consider how materialities, discourses and practices come together to make the risk discourses that position youth as being on the edge. Through the concepts of material and discursive assemblages we investigate how social and cultural edges are constructed, and by whom. We acknowledge the relationship between discourses of youth at risk and the possibility of being ‘on the/an edge’. Through data from the Interfaith Childhoods project, we illustrate material assemblages of risk through which children are entangled in a racialised politics of schooling, we show how school spaces impact on researchers’ and students’ subjectivities and, in disrupting these material and discursive risk assemblages through arts-based methods, we show how parents’ knowledges and art practices can be mobilised to create discursive and material assemblages of culturally responsive pedagogies.
The curriculum vitae (CV) is a short account of one’s career and qualifications typically prepared for a position or promotion. In academia, the CV chronicles a representation of the academic self in terms of scholarly activities such as publications, research grants and projects, conference participation and teaching awards. Far from being a neutral record, the CV (re)produces gendered norms and highlights continued gender inequalities in academic careers. This article explores how the CV is made possible (and consequently measured and valued) through material practices as well as via discourses of productivity, employability and success. It does this by embracing Jack Halberstam’s concept of ‘queer failure’ and Karen Barad’s theory of ‘intra-action’ in an experimental auto-ethico-ethnography of the academic CV. Using a diffractive approach, this article also calls into question the separation of the body and the materiality of the CV, our emotional relationship with the CV, as well as gendered academic labour. In theorising the CV through the lens of performativity, attention is reoriented towards the assemblage of relations and intra-actions between academic, writing, the career, the body and representation and reveals them to be complexly located within and through each other.
This article adds to a growing body of literature that engages with failure as a way of knowing and understanding the social. Through a focus on images of sportswomen’s loss or failure in three Australian newspapers during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games we analyzed affective-discourses and patterns in images and accompanying headlines, captions and stories to explore the place of loss in the narrative of mainstream sport reporting. Through this focus on loss we hoped to find points of disruption that might generate new conceptions of women in sport. What we found was that stories of loss in mainstream newspaper coverage reproduced transphobic, racist, nationalistic, ageist and sexist discourses. We conclude by calling for research that explores how athletes self-present their losses in digital platforms subjectively rather than being reported ‘on’.