Making trouble with ontogenesis: Collaborative writing, becoming, and concept forming as event

Ken Gale*, Jonathan Wyatt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Through the authors’ continuing creative encounters with practices of collaborative writing, this article offers a troubling of approaches to ontology that inform a construction of simply human selves and a constitution of Being. The article seeks instead to foster processual movements toward always becoming and the creative-relational practices of concept forming as event. In their speculative experimentations with the concept of “ontogenesis,” the authors offer exemplifications of the capaciousness of collaborating writing bodies, always on the move, always folding and unfolding, always opening in active movements of inquiry, curiosity, and wonder. In the eventful potentiality of “notyetness” that each passage of writing affords, immanent sensings of becoming are imbricated in the intensification of fragile, prehensive, and ontogenetic emergence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-87
Number of pages8
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • collaborative writing
  • writing as inquiry
  • New Materialisms
  • Deleuze and Guattari
  • new methods & methodologies
  • decolonizing the academy
  • pedagogy
  • reconceptualizing collaboration
  • methodologies
  • writing as method of inquiry
  • methods of inquiry


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