Disturbing Conferences and Composing Events
The task: to produce an account that is less an archive than a field of conditions, a set of practices. To anarchive: activate the surplus of experience in the event, make felt how what eludes capture nonetheless makes a difference. To turn without turning against: the AcademicConferenceMachine is not the enemy so much as the symptom (of frontality, of measurability, of discipline). To move beyond authority, allowing the words to tunnel their own uneasy resonances, turning the soil, creating new paths. To become earthworm. Dr Erin Manning, Research Chair - Speculative Pragmatism, Art, and Pedagogy, Director, SenseLab, Concordia University, Canada. In this provocative and disruptive new book, Fairchild and colleagues offer a lively, creative, and necessary intervention into the academic-conference-industry landscape. Questions of ethics, environments, and politics abound, read through intra-actions between (conference) events, geographies, human and non-human actors, and more. What results is a post-qualitative, post-methodological tour de force: Knowledge Production in Material Spaces will disturb your taken-for-granted assumptions about and entanglements within the neoliberal academy. Michael D. Giardina, Professor, Florida State University, and Director, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) This exciting book mobilises posthuman and feminist materialist theory to agitate the Academic Conference Machine. Issuing from a series of experimental conference presentations by the authorial collective, it converts the exhilarations of those original events, with their speeding pulses, sweaty palms and disobedient formats, into energetic, event-ful writing that opens new spaces for knowledge and action inside the neoliberal machine. Professor Maggie MacLure, Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K. This book is a playful intra-action with a geopolitical world, with multiverse connections, care and response-ability as vibrant nourishments. The six authors (CG Collective) and one more do not stand still; they do collective thinking and doings IDEAS and materialities with ten events. Experimentations, speculations, process-orientations push and risk the academic conferences continuously. Professor Ann Merete Otterstad, OsloMet University, Oslo, Norway. After reading this book, attending or planning a conference will never be the same again. The authors put posthumanist feminist thinking, concepts and metaphors to work with great inventiveness and playfulness and they enable ways to know and learn otherwise within the conference and beyond. Dr Malou Juelskjr, Associate Professor in Social Psychology, University of Aarhus, Denmark. A beautifully curated book? Yes, but more of an event to be curiously returned to time after time as readers become respons-able for disturbing the taken for granted, normative and dominant modes of knowledge production and the AcademicConferenceMachine. An assemblage of theory and creative practices for different embodied and ethical possibilities. Professor Alison Pullen, Professor of Management and Organization Studies, Macquarie University, Australia. The task: to produce an account that is less an archive than a field of conditions, a set of practices. To anarchive: activate the surplus of experience in the event, make felt how what eludes capture nonetheless makes a difference. To turn without turning against: the AcademicConferenceMachine is not the enemy so much as the symptom (of frontality, of measurability, of discipline). To move beyond authority, allowing the words to tunnel their own uneasy resonances, turning the soil, creating new paths. To become-earthworm . Erin Manning, Research Chair Speculative Pragmatism, Art, and Pedagogy, Director, SenseLab, Concordia University, Canada. In this provocative and disruptive new book, Fairchild and colleagues offer a lively, creative, and necessar
Nikki Fairchild is Associate Head (Research and Innovation), School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on place-spaces in Early Childhood classrooms and gardens and how they impact on bodies, this is activated using speculative embodied methodologies and theoretically informed by critical feminist materialisms and posthumanisms. Carol A. Taylor is Professor of Higher Education and Gender, and Director of Research (Education), at the University of Bath. Her research focuses on entangled relations of knowledge-power-gender-space-ethics in higher education. She utilizes transdisciplinary, feminist materialist and posthumanist theories and methodologies and experimental academic writing practices to contest dominant knowledge formations. Angelo Benozzo is an undisciplined researcher in work and organizational psychology at the University of Valle dAosta in Italy where he also lectures qualitative research methods. His research can be described as lying at the crossroads between organizational psychology, critical management studies, qualitative research, and cultural studies. Neil Careys Ph.D. explored creative fiction as queer disruptor for socio-cultural stories attaching to (homo)sexuality. As well as emerging work on internationalization of higher education, research interests focus on queer and discursive methodologies. He co-authored Discourse: the basics for Routledge (2017) and publishes in a range of academic journals. Mirka Koro received her Ph.D., University of Helsinki. She is Professor of qualitative research and Director of doctoral programs at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. Her scholarship operates in the intersection of methodology, philosophy, and socio-cultural critique. Constanse Elmenhorst is an Independent scholar and works as a kindergarten teacher. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and her research focus is on the how materiality is present and revealed in everyday interactions both in Early Childhood and conference spaces.
Preface Acknowledgements Prelude Entry Bags Thinking-with dirt: Viral configurations of/for knowing Autopsy Tables, or not: Multiple productions of tablediffractions through spacetimemattering Playful Cuts and Cartographic Mapping: Gender-in-the-making with Teija Rantala String figuring sympoiesis: Stringly matterings for doing knowledge-making differently Subversion Seductions Sketching schizoid narratives with Teija Rantala Intermissions Multiple Index