‘Becoming molecular girl’: transformingsubjectivities in collaborative doctoralresearch studies as micro-politics inthe academy
2013 (English)In: QSE. International journal of qualitative studies in education, ISSN 0951-8398, E-ISSN 1366-5898, Vol. 26, no 9, 1101-1116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the context of Swedish reforms of postgraduate and doctoral education in a global knowledge economy, this article aims to theorize on the documented processes of doing collaborative analysis during elective graduate course-work on deconstructive methodologies in the social sciences, with ten doctoral students over a period of seven months. I reengage with the documentations of our collaborative processes six years later, to read and analyse them diffractively with Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s philosophy, and with feminist postconstructivist theories, such as Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook, Elisabeth Grosz, and Patti Lather. In the course-work we actively aimed – by engaging in different collaborative strategies of deconstructive writing and talking, sharing and re-analysing each others’ research data and analyses – to resist “doing philosophy” as an independent, intellectual, disembodied, and masculine-coded endeavour. This process made us aware of the tactile embodiment of collaborative deconstructive research strategies, and how they came to transform our subjectivities as researchers. I suggest the “molecular girl” as a metaphor for this transformation as researchers, and claim that the practices we developed constitute a “micro-politics” that contest contemporary transnational trends in knowledge economies, but which might also be understood to work in alignment with such trends.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2013. Vol. 26, no 9, 1101-1116 p.
subjectivity; feminist postconstructionism; micro-politics; Deleuze
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93786OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-93786DiVA: diva2:648635
ProjectsDEVELOPING FEMINIST POST-CONSTRUCTIVIST QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES IN THE EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES