Larvae imaginaries: an othered(wise) inquiry

Year: 2018

Author: Young, Tracy

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Postqualitative becomings begin with mo(ve)ments of affect in the middle of this doctoral inquiry as Elizabeth St. Pierre unveils the history, purpose and rationale for postqualitative approaches at the 2014 AARE conference. An opening appears enabling larvae to move through, smoothing and disrupting the road ahead as companion, guide, and provocateur. Larvae imaginaries articulate feasible futures where immanence comes from the flows of life and not only governed by systems.  Larvae interjects the presupposition of ideas, making demands for what has been generalised, missed or trampled; simultaneously de/re/territorialising the territory where children and animals dwell. Larvae, as an othered(wise) entity mediates collective life, shaping possible pathways, helping to see and seek the unseeable and name and speak the unspeakable.  By unspeakable I refer to the thoughts, actions and events of the data assemblage that venture towards troubling paths and ethical encounters.
This presentation explores how thinking with the ‘posts’ in educational research matters as we face precarious ecological times that demand new ways of thinking, new ways of engaging with human and more-than-human relations and new ways of knowing. The purpose of these posts, (posthumanism and postqualitative) is not to clutter and complicate the research landscape, but rather to slow it down and awaken ‘post’ ontologies that strengthen ecologies of thought in the inquiry assemblage. The othered(wise) inquiry (Srinivason, 2018) is one of the analytical tools adopted to bring forth the silenced speakers. Larvae displaces and disrupts alterity as the other “is always already there” (Braidotti, 2012, p. 53) with the polyvocal impact of the othered(wise) who is humble, ethical and multiple.  Being earth-bound, human-bound, methodology-bound and metaphysically-bound I wondered what might spring forth if I could transcend being tied to a body, in one space and time as a kind of energy field, rather than being contained within a PhD.