The Performative Manifestation of a Research Identity: Storying the Journey Through Poetry


  • Jennifer Lapum Ryerson University



research identity, performative, poetry, narrative, reflexivity, photography, positionality, paradigm


Cultivating a research identity is an arduous journey. We are told to situate ourselves—know where we are coming from—but it is rare that people share their experiences and provide insight into a journey that indubitably shapes your research. In this performative piece, I shed light on my journey to a research identity. I provide an intimate portrayal of the blurring and temporal nature of research identities that is sometimes avoided and often unaccepted. In doing so, I hope to awaken new understandings and provide insight into what can be a direction(less) journey that leads to a sense of positioning. My journey is a tracing rendered through poetry-enhanced prose, which provides aesthetic sensibilities and the possibility for you to enter into and become caught up in our experience. As well, poetry and photography are bestowed in a way to illuminate the performative and dynamic place of my research identity and as a way to visualize and feel the story within this poetical telling. This is a manifestation of performative social science in which the voice is never solely mine and the identity is never conclusive as it continues to unfold and shift through the spaces I inhabit. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802392


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Author Biography

Jennifer Lapum, Ryerson University

Jennifer L. LAPUM is a registered nurse and a PhD candidate at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her doctoral study is a narrative inquiry of patients' experiences of the technological in heart surgery. She has an scholarly passion for blending the arts and the sciences.




How to Cite

Lapum, J. (2008). The Performative Manifestation of a Research Identity: Storying the Journey Through Poetry. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2).