Troubling methodological conventions and the (re)presentation of data

Honan, Eileen and Riddle, Stewart (2013) Troubling methodological conventions and the (re)presentation of data. In: 1st International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference 2013: Creative Assemblages, 31 May - 2 June 2013, Taipei, Taiwan.


Working within a Deleuzean field includes unsettling and disrupting assumptions about method, straining against the boundaries of 'acceptable' methodological approaches. For those early career researchers who are completing doctoral studies this can be exceptionally challenging, as they struggle to conform to the official requirements of a thesis, while at the same time paying attention to Deleuze's ideas about the non-linear and unbounded nature of text. The pragmatic question becomes not 'how does it work?', but 'how does it work in a way that will satisfy university requirements?' In this discussion of the influence of Deleuze on the (re)presentation of data we will focus on three aspects of the relationship between text, data, and representation.
First, we draw on New Literacy Studies field to explain an evolving understanding of the multimodality of text echoing 'nomadic' writing. Second, we discuss the 'received understanding' or traditions assumed when dealing with data (St Pierre, 1997, p. 179). Third, we discuss the (im)possibilities of producing Deleuzean academic texts, when as Margaret Somerville (2012, p. 540) claims, 'evolving genres of representation do not reject academic writing but strain at the very limits of what writing can mean'. We pose these unanswerable questions in this discussion.
•Is it possible to write rhizomatically using the linguistic mode only?
•Does rhizomatic thinking and writing help qualitative researchers deal with the 'crisis' of representation?

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Taipei International Deleuze Conference.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 06:03
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 03:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: data representation; Deleuze; rhizome
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220317 Poststructuralism

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