Collective creation: experiments in online immanence

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The practice of presenting research as a predictable process of knowledge creation dominates qualitative research underpinned by capitalist ideology, as does the singling out of individual researchers as knowledge creators. We seek to unsettle these views in our analytical account of an online seminar series we ran and which responded to emerging concerns of participants. It resulted in a set of collaboratively-written texts about research ethics, initiated synchronously and completed asynchronously. We detail this immanent methodology (Renold, 2018), share artefacts that were collectively produced during the series leading up to the final workshop and discuss the potential and limitations of a post-qualitative approach that subverts individualism through collective knowledge creation. In so doing, we suggest that adopting the twin features of collective creation and immanence disrupt the confines of rigidity and individualism, offering an evolving pathway for hopeful future inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2022
EventInternational Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: Transformative Visions and Utopias of Hope in Qualitative Inquiry - Online but usually based in University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, USA United States
Duration: 18 May 202222 May 2022
Conference number: 18th


ConferenceInternational Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
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  • post-qualitative methodology
  • institutional research ethics
  • online collaboration
  • collective creation
  • immanence


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