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To do research is an affective process. The affects and emotions are acting both in the experiences of the researcher and those sharing their lives with the research. In this panel, we invite you to discuss how to capture the ways affects are materialized throughout the research process.
To do research is an affective process. Affects and emotions are acting both in the experiences of the researcher and the research participants. Affects are influential in the planning, fieldworking, writing or otherwise documenting our findings but also in the way researchers experience academic life. Affect emplaces and displaces research. It embodies and yet lacks a body. How then to capture how it is materialized throughout the research process?
This panel and workshop focuses on how imaginative and creative ethnographic approaches can be used in making visible the role of affect in the research process: What methodological tools do we have to approach affect in research? How might they break the research practices we are used to? How is the affective turn changing the ways of doing research; of seeing, sensing, analysing and expressing research? How is it possible to capture affect in different kind of research material? How and which affects are allowed to become actors in our research processes and in communicating our research results?
We welcome papers and documentations that use imaginative and creative approaches to study and capture affect as experience in the research process. This includes different ethnographic practices such as visual, performative, poetic, artistic expression or creative ways of reading already existing sources. You are also free to choose the format of your presentation yourself.
During the workshop we want to involve the participants to reflect upon the affects arousing from each others' presentations. The guidelines for this will be circulated later.