Non-traditional Research Methods Network: The disruptive intervention of collective zine-making for reclaiming research as a personal and emotional act.

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In this paper we introduce the use of zine-making as a non-traditional research method, and reflect both on its ability to generate alternative and diverse forms of data, as well as its capacity to disrupt disciplinary norms and dominant research cultures. Foregrounding our own biographical pathways to our present collaborations, we share the moves we’ve each taken towards reclaiming research as a personal and emotional act in pursuit of transforming research cultures for needs and drivers beyond the academy. We then focus discussion on one of our current projects, Researchers Don’t Cry?! Emotion intersects the doing of academic inquiry across the research process but often remains side-lined, if not quarantined, from discussions of research design that dominate methodological debates. In response we worked with a small, interdisciplinary community of Early Career Researchers, using collective zine-making to explore the ways in which emotion is and might be located, articulated, navigated and done within research, and how such creative, arts-based research encounters in and of themselves perform a more inclusive and hopeful vision of academia.
Period6 Mar 2022
Event typeSeminar
LocationUnknownShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • zine-making
  • arts-based
  • creative
  • participatory
  • emotions