A performative paradigm for post-qualitative inquiry

Tone Pernille Østern*, Sofia Jusslin, Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen, Pauliina Maapalo, Ingrid Bjørkøy

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In this article, the authors explore and contribute to producing a performative research paradigm where post-qualitative as well as artistic research might dwell and breathe. Entering a thread of discussion that started with Haseman’s A manifesto for performative research in 2006, and building on their own friction-led research processes at the edges of qualitative research, the authors plug-in with performativity, non- representational theories and methodologies, post-qualitative inquiry and post approaches. A performative paradigm for post-qualitative inquiry is proposed, where knowledge is viewed as knowledge-in-becoming as the constant creation of difference through researcher entanglement with the research phenomenon and wider world. A performative paradigm produces a space for movement, (artistic) freedom, (post-qualitative) experimentation, and inclusion. A performative research paradigm also offers provocations that shake long-established notions about what research is and should be. Within a performative research paradigm, learning/be(com)ing/knowing is always in-becoming – as is the performative paradigm itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272–289
Number of pages18
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number2
Early online date7 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • performative research
  • Post-qualitative inquiry
  • Non-representational research
  • Research paradigms
  • Knowledge-in-becoming


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