Feeling clumsy and curious. A collective reflection on using poetry as an unconventional method (at a conventional conference)

Noortje van Amsterdam, Dide van Eck, Katrine Meldgaard Kjær, Anna Brown, Marjan de Coster, Ana Paula Lafaire, Margot Leclair, Allison Pullen, Anne Theunissen, Alistair Thomson, Maryse Tremblay, Camilla Quental

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In this paper, we offer a collective, multi-vocal reflection on using poetry for research purposes. These were reflections on an online sub-plenary session organized as a workshop, which was held at the European Group for Organization Studies conference in 2021. During this workshop, the first three authors presented a step-by-step method for doing poetic inquiry and invited participants to apply it to their own empirical data or research praxis. The method was created in response to the marginalization of affect and embodiment in mainstream research in organization studies. Poetic inquiry aims to formulate specific practices of “writing differently” that assist researchers in their attempts to analyze and articulate their findings in embodied and affective ways. In this paper, we describe the method and bring together multi-vocal reflections from the participants and organizers of the workshop on the affects of poetic inquiry and the (ethical) questions that it poses.
Original languageDanish
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1429–1449
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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