Improvising bag choreographies: disturbing normative ways of doing research

Carol A. Taylor, Nicola Fairchild, Constanse Elmenhorst, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Angelo Benozzo, Neil Carey

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Post-qualitative 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 co-motional relations in order 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
  • postqualitative
  • research-creation
  • choreographie
  • thing power
  • materialities


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