Poetics & Our Identities as Scholars

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Creative and arts-based methods invite us to think differently about the ways we design and carry out studies, present and share findings. Dr. Ann Cunliffe asks us to take a different kind of creative look: at ourselves as scholars, at our purpose for conducting research, and by extension, at our careers.

Ann doesn’t advocate self-absorbed navel-gazing. Instead, she points to ethical implications involved with understanding our roles, inspirations, and purpose in relation to the worlds we live in and study. She discusses the issue of “alterity and the idea that we do not live our lives in isolation but in relation to ‘others,’ particular people, generalized others, language systems, narratives of culture and history” (p.18). Ann’s thoughtful and thought-provoking article in the SAGE Journal, Management Learning “Alterity: The Passion, Politics, and Ethics of Self and Scholarship” is currently available open access.

Ann commented that she “hopes it will inspire people engaged in non mainstream work – or are feeling pressured to conform to more positivist forms of research – to persevere!” From my view, this article is also a must-read for doctoral research supervisors and Ph.D. candidates!



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