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Improvising Bags Choreographies: Disturbing Normative Ways of Doing Research

Taylor, C and Fairchild, N and Elmenhorst, C and Koro-Ljungberg, M and Benozzo, A and Carey, N (2019) Improvising Bags Choreographies: Disturbing Normative Ways of Doing Research. Qualitative Inquiry, 25 (1). pp. 17-25. ISSN 1077-8004


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© 2018, The Author(s) 2018. Postqualitative research-creation improvisations offer new possibilities to explore method/ology. In this article, we question how bags, as seemingly mundane objects, work as ontologically lively matter—as active agencies—to choreograph human–nonhuman relations and heterogeneous materialities. Working from three questions—How might a bag become? What do bags do? What do bags enable and enact?—we discuss four research-creation improvisations and the insights they generated. The article maps how bags choreographies put affects, bodies, and materialities into comotional relations to disturb normative approaches to research both within conference sessions and through writing articles.

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