“Working at the Wonder: Collaborative Writing as Method of Inquiry” by Ken Gale and Jonathan Wyatt

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This article offers a discussion concerning the future of collaborative writing as a method of inquiry. Taking the form of a dialogic exchange, we take up Isabelle Stengers’ notion of “wonder” as a creative and political lens through which to consider the disruptive, radical, and productive methodological capacity that collaborative writing as a research method potentially offers. Working particularly with Deleuze and Guattari, we argue that language in collaborative writing practices is deeply entangled with complex materialist practice, and through engagements with these “matterings” we make sense of collaborative writing as immanent event. We discuss—and experience—the challenges that collaborative writing has for research and this article pushes at established categories, works against the fixities of conventional theory construction, contests the humanist and phenomenological proclivities that arguably limit the process and effectiveness of collaborative writing as method of inquiry, and wonders at the immensities that are possible.

Original article: Qualitative Inquiry, 2016, pp. 1-10. Link

Prof Anna Madill

Affiliation: University of Leeds

Anna Madill  is Deputy Head and Professor in the School of Psychology, University of Leeds and is the psychology contact for, and member of, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. Anna Madill is a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She Co-Founded and Chaired (2008-11) the British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Clinical Psychology and on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Social Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, and Qualitative Research in Psychology. Her interests include qualitative methods, psychoanalysis, Lacan, visual analysis, erotic manga, women’s erotic cultures, health and wellbeing.

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Dr Lorena Georgiadou

Lorena Georgadiou

Affiliation : University of Edinburgh

Lorena Georgiadou is Lecturer in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in the role of linguistic and cultural diversity in relational contexts such as Higher Education, counselling and research practice.

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Prof Michael Buchholz

Michael Buchholz

Affiliation : International Psychoanalytic University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Michael B. Buchholz, Dipl.-Psych., Professor for Social Psychology at the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin (Germany), head of the Dissertation Program at IPU. PhD in Psychoanalysis 1980 (Frankfurt), Habilitation in Social Sciences 1990 in Göttingen; Psychoanalyst and Training Analyst in the German Psychoanalytic Society. Editorial board of “System Familie”, “Psychotherapie und Sozialwissenschaft”, “Psychosozial”, “International Forum of Psychoanalysis”, „Language and Psychoanalysis“. More than 150 publications. Qualitative studies: analysis of a 30 session short-term therapy (1996), scenarios of contact (1997), sexual offenders in group therapy (2008), empathy conversations in psychotherapy.

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Michael Dittmann

Michael Dittmann

Affiliation: International Psychoanalytic University Berlin

Michael M. Dittmann, BA and MA in Psychology („Open up open-topic closing – local production of social relation in a psychodynamic short-term Therapy“), BA Econonomic Psychology („Psychological impact study of the work of Michelangelo da Caravaggio ‚Amor vincit omnia‘“); University Lecturer and Research Associate for Social Psychology at the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) Berlin (Germany); current research projects: Conversation Analysis of Empathy in Psychotherapy Process Research (CEMPP), Typical Problematic Situations (TPS), Joint Evaluation of Therapeutic Help (JETH); publications: challenging situations (2015) and empathy (2015; 2016).

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