Improvising Bags Choreographies: Disturbing Normative Ways of Doing Research

Carol Taylor, Nikki Fairchild, Constanse Elmenhorst, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Angelo Benozzo, Neil Carey

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Postqualitative research-creation improvisations offer new possibilities to explore method/ology. In this article, we question how bags, as seemingly mundane objects, work as ontologically lively matter—as active agencies—to choreograph human–nonhuman relations and heterogeneous materialities. Working from three questions—How might a bag become? What do bags do? What do bags enable and enact?—we discuss four research-creation improvisations and the insights they generated. The article maps how bags choreographies put affects, bodies, and materialities into comotional relations to disturb normative approaches to research both within conference sessions and through writing articles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number1
Early online date9 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • bags
  • choreographies
  • materialities
  • postqualitative
  • research-creation
  • thing power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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