Writing difference differently

Karen Fisher, Miriam Williams, Stephen Fitzherbert, Lesley Instone, Michelle Duffy, Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Kate Lloyd, Laklak Burarrwanga, Ritjilili Ganambarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Djawundil Maymuru, Bawaka Country

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This paper investigates the writing of situated knowledge and explores the possibilities of enacting difference by writing differently. We present a selection of research stories in which carrier bags, sounds, baskets, gardens and potatoes are interpreted less as objects of research or metaphors to aid in analysing phenomena, than as mediators of the stories. Our stories emphasise the ontological politics of engaging with and representing the relational, the messy, the spontaneous, the unpredictable, the non-human and bodily experiences. These stories demonstrate how writing is performative and how it is integral to the production of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-33
Number of pages16
JournalNew Zealand Geographer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


  • Ontological politics
  • Performativity
  • Situated knowledge
  • Story
  • Writing


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