Writing through and writing against: Materials of resistance

Ken Gale, Jonathan Wyatt, Claudio Moreira, Marcelo Diversi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article concerns how writing, collaborative writing in particular, acts: how it moves, how it resists, how it does, the four humans writing alongside our co-authoring ‘materials’ – a guitar, for instance – and other more-than-human co-authors, such as affect, friendship, time. We explore writing against systems of oppression and writing through materials of resistance. Writing through can ignite the seething potentiality of a breaking through, and a writing towards the not-yet-known of other lives. We sense this as an unleashing that can act as a challenge to the self-perpetuating autopoieses that neoliberal autonomies and competitive frameworks require. Writing through materials of resistance offers an inducement to work towards the social capaciousness and the thinking with those collective orientations. Writing through refuses the surrender of freedom and offers, through practices of speculation, fabulation and experimentation, an animation of movement that can tap into the capacious fugitive energies of emergent and new collective futures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • collaborative
  • writing
  • resistance
  • performance autoethnography
  • performative writing


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