Aesthetically Pleasing, but it's (not) Research: Responding Poetically to a Question of Methodology

  • Sarah K. MacKenzie Bucknell University
Keywords: performativity, poststructuralism, poetic inquiry, dialogue, epistemology


Moving across the textual landscape of a (re)membered moment of finding myself a "researcher on the margins," I seek to engage in collective dialogue through a poetic rendering of process and response. Through the motions of present, poetic, and performative epistemologies I seek to create openings where multiple voices might begin to shift or disrupt the meanings of (re)search, inviting us to embrace the possibility in what we have been and what we might be(come). As words and space perform upon the page, room exists for interpretation—inviting multiple voices to enter into an improvisational performance through the messy work of (un)knowing. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802537


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Author Biography

Sarah K. MacKenzie, Bucknell University
Sarah MacKENZIE is an Assistant Professor of Education at Bucknell University, where she examines epistemological and literacy practices through the lenses of yoga and poststructuralism. She regularly finds herself researching "on the margins," using poetic, arts–based, and autoethnographic methodologies to engage multiple voices in the processes of coming to un/know experience.
How to Cite
MacKenzie, S. K. (2008). Aesthetically Pleasing, but it’s (not) Research: Responding Poetically to a Question of Methodology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2).