Finding our way in the Upside Down: using creative inquiry to make sense of a changing world

Sweetman, L (2017) Finding our way in the Upside Down: using creative inquiry to make sense of a changing world. In: London Conference in Critical Thought, 30 June - 1 July 2017, South Bank University, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper discusses early findings of a creative inquiry into the impact of the Brexit/Trump schism on a diverse group of women from the UK and US. Data is collected from unstructured interviews and interpreted through pieces of creative writing written by the researcher and the interview participants, in a form of their choosing and as examples of culturally embodied ‘transnational writing’. The research asks ‘how do we locate ourselves, and find meaning, in a world that feels suddenly and radically changed?’ How do we define ourselves in a political landscape? Do we imagine ourselves emerging from a political discipline, theory or culture as a way of making sense of this new world (the Upside Down …)? Or, has the world not really changed at all and it is simply that more of us are ‘woke’? Transnational theory , posits that the nation-state as a unit of historical-political analysis has fallen away in favour of cultural and social studies. Transnational writing explores the liminal spaces where cultures, ideas, art and meaning meet. Using interview transcripts and excerpts from the participants’ writing, this paper explores concepts of self, political engagement and democracy as they come up against the creative boundary between transnational theory and transnational writing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
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Paper also presented at the 'Bath Spa University Early Stage Researcher Conference - Impact' on 8 June 2017, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.

Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 14:31
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 14:32
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