Slippery inquiry: engaging with the vague and half-glimpsed

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In this article, I inquire into the unsure, half-glimpsed kind of experiences, which tend to be excluded from analytical processes and research publications. Based on process thinkers, I argue that in these slippery moments, we are most open to movement, and hence to the other as other. I suggest that we have the capacity to engage with these moments through a loosened but highly focused mode of inquiry—akin to how we bodily respond to the solicitations of the environment when we walk, dance, or skate. By stressing the vague and half-glimpsed, I join others in questioning the academic norm of valuable knowledge as that which is fully illuminated, fully present, and clearly seen in radiant daylight. By pursuing the slippery research experience, I aim to contribute to the emerging stream on doing differently in the academy, including also re-doing academic traditions of writing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number0
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022


  • research designs, theory and method
  • qualitative method

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