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Menning, Soern Finn; Murris, Karin; Wargo, Jon M. (2021) Reanimating video and sound in research practices. In: Murris, K. (Ed.). Navigating the Postqualitative, New Materialist and Critical Posthumanist Terrain Across Disciplines: An Introductory Guide, (pp. 150-168). Routledge.

Reanimating video and sound in research practices

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Author: Menning, Soern Finn1; Murris, Karin2,3; Wargo, Jon M.4
Organizations: 1University of Agder, Norway
2University of Oulu, Finland
3University of Cape Town, South Africa
4Boston College, USA
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-06-29


This chapter examines the implications for conceptualising, composing and structuring a postqualitative research project with video and sound. To do so, the authors challenge philosophically, politically and methodologically the mainstream ideas about how video in research works. The chapter starts with a brief detour to explore how the historical entanglement between art and science might inspire ways that postqualitative research could trouble the concept of representation in research, which lies constantly beneath the surface when video and sound technology is integrated into research practices. Demonstrated through a range of examples of research practices embracing moving images and sounds differently, this chapter offers a taste of what postqualitative research with sonic and visual technology could entail. Key questions are discussed, such as what comes into focus when paying attention to the material and the nonhuman through video and sound and what ontological shift this technology allows or promotes. The role of sound is given special attention as an example of readjusting what is heard (and valued as worth hearing) when analysing research data. The aim of the chapter, with its examples and suggested activities, is to excite and inspire researchers to reanimate and re-imagine research with video and sound.

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ISBN: 978-0-367-48472-9
ISBN Print: 978-1-003-04117-7
Pages: 150 - 168
Host publication: Navigating the postqualitative, new materialist and critical posthumanist terrain across disciplines : an introductory guide
Host publication editor: Murris, Karin
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Navigating the Postqualitative, New Materialist and Critical Posthumanist Terrain Across Disciplines: An Introductory Guide on 29 December 2020, available online: