Doing Rebellious Research

In and beyond the Academy


The ways in which research and scholarship are co-produced, co-performed and proclaimed as particular kinds of knowledges and truths in and beyond the academy is radically changing. The capacity to write rebelliously, in varying registers and voices, tempos and volumes, as featured across this book, is boundaryless. In this edited volume, we ask new questions which simultaneously trouble and open up what the ‘product’ and ‘performance’ of academic work, words and worlds might come to be. At the heart of this book, we move between departing radically from academic writing to arriving at a new academic endeavor and transaction between reader and text driven by the invitation to open rebellion in academic research and writing.

This unique volume brings together an extraordinary range of international scholars, researchers and artists, that include contemporary social scientists, critical theorists, visual artists, poets, musicians, hip-hoppers, choreographers, activists, film-makers, theatre-makers, magicians, and circus artists from both within and outside the academy in Europe, UK, India, Africa, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They articulate new concepts for thinking differently, generate new theories differently, and present new methods of writing differently. This book provides ‘permission’ to depart radically in academic writing and creative practice – particularly for doctoral and higher degree research students, and those who work alongside them as supervisors and advisors and higher research degree educators. The claim here is that rebellious departures and performances in academic research and writing are the future of academia. This book provides a series of steps toward preparing for that future.

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Pamela Burnard is Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations at The University of Cambridge, UK. Her research advances a theory of multiple creativities, from early childhood, school sectors to higher education and creative/cultural industries.

Elizabeth Mackinlay is Professor of Education in the Southern Cross University where she teaches Research Methods, Gender Studies and Arts Education. Her book, Teaching and Learning like a Feminist: Storying Our Experiences in Higher Education was published by Sense Publishers in 2016.

David Rousell is Senior Lecturer in Creative Education at RMIT University, and a core member of the Creative Agency Lab and Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC). David’s research combines his scholarship in affect studies, process philosophy and posthumanism with his creative practice as an environmental artist, educator and ethnographer.

Tatjana Dragovic is a doctoral educator and a leader of the EdD (Doctorate of Education) research community at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. She is also an Associate Professor of Management, Leadership Excellence and Business Coaching at the Faculty of Organisation Studies in Slovenia.

Britt-Marie Apelgren, University of Gothenburg
Pamela Burnard, University of Cambridge
Nese Cabaroglu, Cukurova Universites
Pamela M. Denicolo, University of Reading

Founding Editor:

Pamela M. Denicolo, University of Reading
Michael Kompf†, Brock University
“Write fewer papers, take more risks (…): Researchers call for ‘rebellion’ against academic convention (…) which define academic scholarship, arguing that different approaches are needed in an age of climate change, COVID-19 and rising populism.”
- Faculty of Education News (4 June 2022), in , University of Cambridge

“Meet the rebellious researchers embracing rap, magic and circus acts” in order “to make their work more effective and help them spread their findings among a wider audience” by “calling for a ‘rebellion’ against traditional forms of output”.
- Richard Adams (4 June 2022), in , The Guardian
A Visual Mapping of Topic Flows
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Elizabeth Mackinlay, Pamela Burnard, David Rousell, Tatjana Dragovic and Trisha McCrae

PART 1: Rebellious Theories and Research Methodologies Performed Differently

Part 1: Guidance for Readers
Pamela Burnard
1 Critical Openings in Performing Transdisciplinary Research as/in Rebellion
Pamela Burnard
2 Ten Incitements to Rebellion: Spoken Word as a Social Scientific Research Tool of, and for, Rebellious Research
Helen Johnson
3 Instructions on How to Research with Circus: Or, How Circus Research Rebels against Circus and Research at Stockholm University of the Arts
Alisan Funk
4 Walking with(in) Transdisciplinary-Scapes
Carolyn Cooke
5 Paying Attention: A Bakhtin-Inspired Dialogue about Embodiment and Inclusion in the Musicking Classroom
Mary Earl and Jennie Francis
6 Academic (In)Discipline, Research (In)Sanity and the Conundrum of (Indigenous) Timescapes
Bernd Brabec de Mori
7 Performing Transdisciplinary Creativity by Emersiology with the Living Body
Antonella Poli and Bernard Andrieu
Part 1: Reflective Questions

PART 2: Rebellious Writings Written Differently: A Manifesto

Part 2: Guidance for Readers
Elizabeth Mackinlay
8 Departing Radically in Academic Writing: Because, a Manifesto
Elizabeth Mackinlay
9 The Zoom Room Rebels: Worlding and Writing a Diffractive Ethics with Performance of Research in the Zoom-I-Verse
Naomi Lee McCarthy and Eleanor Ryan
10 100 Words Exactly: The Art of Thesis Drabbling
Elizabeth Allotta, Dewi Andriani, Emma Cooke, Eloise Doherty, Mel Green, Karen Madden, Renee Mickelburgh, Muhammad Ali Musofer, Rebecca Ream, Preeti Vayada and Elizabeth Mackinlay
11 The Affect of Writing to It: A Collaborative Response to Encountering Deleuze and Guattari for the First Time
Elizabeth Allotta, Eloise Doherty, Dewi Andriani, Kathy Burke, Emma Cooke, Bonnie Evans, Mel Green, Karen Madden, Renee Mickelburgh, Muhammad Ali Musofer, Preeti Vayada, Elizabeth Mackinlay and Jonathan Wyatt
12 Twin Stars: Circling with the Trouble of ‘Co-diffraction’? Nurturing Permission to Imagine Together Rebelliously in a Doctoral Peer Learning Environment
Portia Ungley and Kieran Sheehan
13 Don’t Just Do Something … Stand There! Two Women Dance Their Academic Trajectories
Simone Eringfeld and Hilary Cremin
Part 2: Reflective Questions

PART 3: Rebellious Transdisciplinarity Researched Differently

Part 3: Guidance for Readers
David Rousell
14 Performing Rebellious Theory and Methodology: Going All City
David Rousell
15 Animist Pedagogies and the Endings of Worlds: Rituals for the Pluriverse
David Rousell, Eleanor Ryan, Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen and Rachel Lai
16 The Heart of Research: Fictioning and Diffractive Writing as Critical Research Practice
Annouchka Bayley
17 Surfacing the Image-inary: Exchanging Sensations of Time through Art, Media, and Pedagogy
Trisha McCrae, David Rousell and Portia Ungley
18 dreams in the margem: stories from the river
Marta Cotrim and Mindy R. Carter
Part 3: Reflective Questions

PART 4: Rebellious Leadership Leading Differently

Part 4: Guidance for Readers: Rebelling against What and Rebelling How?
Tatjana Dragovic (with Leaders around the World)
19 Critical Openings in Leading Rebelliously
Tatjana Dragovic
20 Leading Rebellious Leaders/ship through Radical Trust and Playfulness
Tatiana Chemi, Anne Pässilä and Allan Owens
21 ‘It’s Our Museum Too!’: Enacting Change through Rebellious Research in the University Art Museum
Kate Noble
22 Enchanting Educational Settings: Creative Practices from the World of Illusion to Improve Collaborative Learning Schemes and Educational Leadership Protocols
Antonia Symeonidou, Danilo Audiello and Caterina Garone
23 Hallå STEAM! Performative Recasting of History, Science, Art, Language and Education
Kristof Fenyvesi and Christopher Brownell
24 The Hip-Hopification of Education?
BREIS (Brother Reaching Each Inner Soul)
Part 4: Reflective Questions

Epilogue: What Happened Here? Writing with a Rebellious Community
Pamela Burnard, Elizabeth Mackinlay and Trisha McCrae

As a series of contributions and collaborations that intersect numerous disciplines and fields of practice, this book embraces a zeitgeist of discontent with traditional discourses on how research is understood, conducted and how it is communicated and therefore offers new, experimental and creative ways for academics, practitioners and researchers to do research.
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