Writing touch, writing (epistemic) vulnerability

Anna-Liisa Kaasila-Pakanen*, Pauliina Jääskeläinen, Grace Gao, Emmanouela Mandalaki, Ling Eleanor Zhang, Katja Einola, Janet Johansson, Alison Pullen

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Touch mediates relations between self-other, writers, and readers; it is material and affective. This paper is the outcome of writing touch as a collaborative activity between eight women writers across different times and locals. In sharing experiences of touch during and beyond the pandemic, we engage with collaborative writing articulated here as colligere, involving the assembling of writing in a holding space. The meanings and feelings of touch arise from our distinct writer positionalities as we think, work, and write in and about life, research, organizations, and organizing. We suggest that writing that reflects on/through touch presents epistemic vulnerability and openness to unknowing in the nexus of intercorporeal relationships. Writing touch contributes to writing and doing academia differently, particularly by offering sensorial encounters that reframe the ethico-political conditions of academic knowledge creation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-283
Number of pages20
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number1
Early online date29 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024

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