Reading-through be-longing: towards a methodology for Political Sciences otherwise

Nora Siklodi*, Seoyoung Choi, Olivia Rutazibwa

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Inspired by critical feminist, decolonial and narrative approaches, this paper invites political sciences scholars to engage in different forms of knowledges (unlearning Western-centrism by centering Asia), methodology (collective) and data collection (centering stories). We offer a pathway to Political Sciences otherwise, i.e., ‘as if people matter’ and propose reading-through as a methodology for open-ended sensemaking at the service of pluriversal co-existence, prioritizing life in/and dignity over mastery or singular truths and fact-finding. Reading-through encompasses diverse practices of meeting, co-reading, and co-writing, including the exchange of thoughts on fictional/scientific stories in a ‘live’ epistolary process paper. To articulate the substantive purchase of reading-through, we engage a selection of novels – Szabo’s The Door, Faye’s Small Country, Thúy’s Ru and, especially Lee’s Pachinko, a woman-centered multigenerational story on the Korean and wider (north)East Asian colonial/diasporic experience in the 20th century – and revisit the political sciences theme of belonging as be-longing otherwise. Rather than offering a definitive blueprint for Political Sciences otherwise, this paper seeks a deeper understanding of how method and methodology are an integral, co-constitutive part of our capacity to fundamentally rethink learned disciplinary conventions towards scholarship ‘as if people matter’.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsian Journal of Women's Studies
Early online date13 Feb 2024
Publication statusEarly online - 13 Feb 2024


  • narrative
  • migration
  • Asia
  • feminisms
  • decoloniality
  • methodology

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