Monday, 11 February 2019


Dr Candace Kuby, University of Missouri - (Re)imagining Research with Post Qualitative Inquiry Practices: Thinking with Literacy Desirings from Writers’ Studio

MMU Brooks Building, BR 1.64

In this presentation, Dr Kuby situates poststructural and posthumanist theories as research methodologies in the emergent field of post qualitative inquiry which calls into question normal, taken for granted assumptions and practices of qualitative research. Post qualitative inquiry encourages researchers to consider the what if; what if we imagine, invent, think, and experiment in Deleuzian ways, with research methods? Dr Kuby begins by discussing the field of post qualitative inquiry, specifically the philosophical roots of this orientation to research. She argues that when one reads post-theories deeply, one’s thought is provoked, shattered, shocked into doing research otherwise. Then, she discusses how one might research otherwise and how one might engage in post- analytic processes and practices. Examples are shared from her co-researching partnership with teacher, Tara Gutshall Rucker, on multi- and digital literacies from her second grade Writers’ Studio, as a way to help others consider the possibilities of post qualitative inquiry.


Candace R. Kuby, PhD is the Director of Qualitative Inquiry and an associate professor of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Missouri. She received her PhD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University. Candace previously taught primary grades in public U.S. schools and preschoolers in Japan. Her research interests are twofold: 1) the ethico-onto-epistemologies of literacy desiring(s) when young children work with materials to create multimodal, digital, and hybrid texts and 2) approaches to qualitative inquiry drawing upon poststructural and posthumanist theories and the teaching of qualitative inquiry.

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