It's a leap of faith, writing a song

David Carless*

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In this article I offer stories and reflections around my experiences of writing songs as a way of doing arts-based and performative research. In particular, I explore how we, as an academic community, respond to each other's critical, reflexive work. I write to stimulate reflection and discussion among readers about how best to—and how not to—respond to these forms of scholarship. I invite readers to consider the effects of their responses not only in terms of potential effects on the researchers themselves, but also on the survival and development of critical arts-based and performative methodologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-111
Number of pages8
JournalDepartures in Critical Qualitative Research
Issue number2
Early online date6 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • arts-based research
  • criticism
  • personal narrative
  • performative research
  • songwriting


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