Postqualitative inquiry is an invitation to think and conduct research outside of the normalised structures of humanistic ontology, epistemology and methodology. Posthumanism is a theoretical-methodological approach that works to dismantle the normative anthropocentrism embedded in conventional humanist scholarship.
Drawing on Haraway’s (2016) idea that the pattern is in our hands, we will consider how humans and nonhumans actively make the worlds that both sustain and threaten both human and nonhuman existence. To find the pattern in our hands, we will both learn about and do postqualitative methods that include both humans and nonhumans in world-making.
Specifically, we will read key postqualitative texts and exemplars as well as posthuman philosophical texts. The course will consist of assigned and suggested readings, a short pre-course assignment, and mid-course assignment. Our workshop time will be actively engaged in world-making as we discuss texts, practice postqualitative methods, and explore new possibilities in postqualitative methods engaged in human and non-human world-making.
The course is led by a visiting professor, Dr. Susan Nordstrom. An Assistant Professor of Educational Research, Susan specializes in qualitative research methodologies with the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research at The University of Memphis, USA. Her research agenda includes the study of poststructural and posthumanist theories, Deleuze, new materialism, human-nonhuman relations, onto-epistemology, and qualitative research methodology.
Persons responsible for the course: Pauliina Rautio (AniMate) and Maija Lanas (ActEq).
Last updated: 22.3.2019