open access publication

Article, 2023

Wandering Fests: Relational Orientations in Academic Writing

In: Qualitative Studies, ISSN 1903-7031, Volume 8, 1, Pages 282-313, 10.7146/qs.v8i1.136813

Contributors (5)

Grocott, Lisa H (0000-0003-0009-4767) [1] Jones, Stacy Holman (0000-0001-8752-527X) [1] Sand, Anne-Lene Sand [2] Skovbjerg, Helle Maria [2] Sumartojo, Shanti (0000-0002-8609-7493) [1]


  1. [1] Monash University
  2. [NORA names: Australia; Oceania; OECD]
  3. [2] Design School Kolding
  4. [NORA names: Design School Kolding; Artistic Higher Education Institutions; Denmark; Europe, EU; Nordic; OECD]


Based on a number of PhD workshops called Wandering Feasts, in collaboration between Monash University and Design School Kolding, this article explores academic writing as both a mode and a method of inquiry. The article both points to and performs five creative-relational orientations to alternative academic writing: Performativity in challenging dominant ways of knowing and representing knowledge in the academy; emergence as mindfully holding open ideas of purpose and destination in favour of not-knowing; reciprocity in collectively creating charged encounters that spark new ways of knowing; improvisation in building social space where we felt comfortable jamming and givenness as a fundamental playfulness in which an academic community nurtures the courage to give–of ourselves. The article is in itself a manifestation of exploration writing in a playful and loosely defined process.


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