Bodyography as activism in qualitative inquiry: The Bodies Collective at ECQI19

The Bodies Collective

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If activism is an act of challenging marginalization and hierarchy, The Bodies Collective works to challenge the hierarchy between “mind” and “body” inherent in much academic discourse, and can be witnessed in the conference space. We do this, not through forming another hierarchical structure, but from within—through invitation and inviting those who may be labeled as “participant” to become a leader within each workshop presented. This is the act of activism that The 2019 European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ECQI19) invited. In this article, we discuss how The Bodies Collective’s contributions to ECQI can be seen as activism. We describe our contribution, a workshop, and provide examples of feedback from those involved. Finally, we show some of the challenges we have encountered and conclude with looking toward the future.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Early online date26 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Nov 2020


  • Bodies Collective
  • bodyography
  • autonomous pedagogy
  • activism
  • flattened hierarchies


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