An excess of thought, or the thinking materials of research

Powis, A. 2020. An excess of thought, or the thinking materials of research. Hyphen Journal. 2.

TitleAn excess of thought, or the thinking materials of research
TypeJournal article
AuthorsPowis, A.

Researching an elusive material like groundwater means working through intermediaries, patchy data, partial perspectives, and material traces. Each of these leaves its own residue on the product of research, and different modes of access offer different outcomes. In this essay, I consider these residues as moments of excess which sit outside the correlational bond between object and concept. I then apply the methodological concept of “research-assemblage” (Fox and Alldred 2015) to consider how particular episodes from my PhD fieldwork in Chennai belong neither to researcher nor subject but constitute other forms of thinking that affect research.

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PublisherHyphen Journal, University of Westminster
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PublishedJun 2020

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