Writing as collaborative inquiry: productive unravelling

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In our presentation we strive to disturb and unravel the romantic discourses of collaboration, dialogue and empowerment in relation to qualitative inquiry. For more than two years we (five Danish and Czech researchers) have been exploring the complex obstructions, difficulties and potentials involved in collaborative knowledge production across difference (including age, professional position, life situation, nation). We tell about our experiences with how collaboration can lead toward re-invention of our research practices and methods, as well as our own subjectivities, through involvement in the not-yet-known. Over the years, we have shared and analyzed personal stories about our collaborative experiences in an on-going reflective learning process. We draw on writing methodologies, including memory-work (Haug, Davies) and collaborative writing such as by Wyatt, Gale, Gannon & Davies. Our analytical stance is inspired by dialogue as conceived by Bakhtin, and poststructuralist thinking. At the conference we present our existing work, and invite ideas on unravelling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Place of PublicationChampaign-Urbana, IL, USA
Publication date20 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015
EventEleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: Constructing a New Critical Qualitative Inquiry - University of Illinois, Illinois , United States
Duration: 20 May 201523 May 2015


ConferenceEleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
LocationUniversity of Illinois
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • qualitative methods
  • collaboration
  • difference

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