Going Beyond Data as Revolutionary Practice:
Photography, Performance, and Personal Narratives as Sites of Resistance
International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
May 16, 2019, https://icqi.org/
If we take too narrow a perspective on what data are, we can rush past the most important parts of the world around us. When we do this, we risk missing out not only on the stories that make us who we are, but the stories that others are trying to tell. Amidst the many competing demands for our attention, it can be easy to forget to listen to everyone and everything around us, including ourselves. By taking a more inclusive and expansive approach toward the moments and materials that matter, this workshop explores how going beyond data can be a revolutionary practice in research and life. Photography, performance, and personal narratives are but a few ways how. As such, this interactive workshop will share several examples of each while highlighting exemplars in the broader field of qualitative inquiry. From there, the workshop will adapt to the interests of participants as we read, write, think, sense, and more. We’ll consider the meaning of revolution as return; we’ll consider how returning to images, performances, and narratives can be taken up on behalf of social change; and we’ll explore how to incorporate these techniques into our own scholarly practices in ways that are meaningful to our work and to us as people. Throughout, we’ll pause together to engage with a small bit of what has mattered most. Oftentimes, it can be the tiniest of gestures that make the largest of differences in what we do.
Participants are invited (though not required) to bring moments and materials that matter with them to this workshop.