(Un)settling Methodology: Walking the City of Memphis with Transcorporeality in a More-than-Human World

  • Wesam M. Salem

Abstract

In this paper, I explain how I engaged with walking as a sensory and relational inquiry that provoked thinking differently and intra-actively of research, and the entanglement (Barad, 2007) of our bodies with the space and matter. As I walked the city of Memphis, assemblages of my emplaced body movement, subjectivities, senses, feelings, and interactions with the materiality of the space deconstructed and interrogated the neoliberal normalized narratives of othering and belonging. Situating the walks within transcorporeality (Alaimo, 2012), transmateriality (Springgay & Truman, 2017a), and the spactimematter entanglement (Haraway, 2015), I share how these walks generated three lines of flight (Deleuze & Guattari,1987) that transformed my thinking of research methods and opened up spaces for new ways of knowing beyond the linear and the prescribed. The three lines of flight, I discuss in this paper, informed and shaped my thinking of: my research methods with respect to interviewing Muslim American youth, the embodied experience of walking within the entanglement of space time matter in a more-than-human world, and the concept of (dis)placed bodies within the postcolonial thought.

Published
2020-05-08
How to Cite
Salem, W. M. (2020). (Un)settling Methodology: Walking the City of Memphis with Transcorporeality in a More-than-Human World. Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology, 11(1), 51-61. https://doi.org/10.7577/rerm.3854