In(tra)fusion: Kitchen research practices, collaborative writing, and re-conceptualising the interview

Dagmar Alexander, Jonathan Wyatt

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At the end of our year-long funded collaborative writing project we met to write. We created a writing cocoon around Dagmar’s kitchen table (why are kitchens so conducive to work? Is it the smell, the promise of being fed? The clutter? The hiss of the kettle?), and sat with each other, sat with our laptops. We listened to taped voices. We wrote, wrote in response to what we heard and what we imagined we heard. We listened with each other to others. We read aloud our responses, re-wrote ourselves into each other’s responses, and wove filigree threads that held where others broke. These kitchen research practices led us to a response to the ontological, epistemological and methodological difficulties with the qualitative research interview. We offer in(tra)fusion as a re-calibrating, a re-casting, a re-conceptualising, as the familiar becomes strange.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number2
Early online date20 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018


  • qualitative approaches
  • qualitative interviews
  • interviews
  • collaborative writing
  • qualitative methods
  • postqualitative


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