Dangerous arms and everyday activism: A dialogue between two researchers with lived experience of self-harm

Fiona Stirling, Amy Chandler

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Abstract

Using the format of dialogue this paper is a collaborative exploration of navigating academia in self-harm scarred bodies. Prompted by the proposal of social media regulators to blur and ban self-harm scars, thus communicating such bodies as ‘dangerous’, our dialogue considers personal notions of activism, researcher identity, emotional labour, future potential, and the importance of finding and building communities for embodied solidarity. Structured as a single flowing discussion, the dialogue itself is (re)constituted (Kidd and Finlayson, 2015) from conversation, follow-up emails, and reviewer feedback. Explorations rely predominantly on personal experience and are supported in places by literature which has informed and shaped our ideas. In itself this paper will be an ‘everyday act of defiance’ (Baumgardner & Richards, 2000) in being seen, as well as advocating for spaces such as ECQI where meaningful connections can be instigated and maintained, and dialogues continued.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Early online date2 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • self-harm
  • everyday activism
  • dialogue
  • lived experience
  • qualitative research
  • academic identity

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