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Post-qualitative approaches in and for the postdigital age: towards speculative empirical methodologies
At the same time as the world has gone mad, we have lived through a series of moments and turns (positivistic, ethnographic, discursive-linguistic, narrative, and pragmatic, critical) in social science research methods, and are now living a moment of mixed methodological. In this presentation, we ponder the question, what are among the relevant approaches to study human actions and general conditions in the situation which John Law (2004) has described as messy in his After Method. Mess in Social Science Research. As he puts it, “if we want to think about the messes of reality at all then we’re going to have to teach ourselves to think, to practise, to relate, and to know in new ways.” Thus, a nouveau art of interpretation that means that we need to learn to know the many realities of the world “through the hungers, tastes, discomforts, or pains of our bodies. These would be forms of knowing as embodiment. Perhaps we will need to know them through ‘private’ emotions that open us to worlds of sensibilities, passions, intuitions, fears and betrayals.” (Law 2004: 2–3.) As a result, we might realize that as social scientists, we cannot apprehend individual experience without its relations to the history and the whole social fabric in which a knowing/feeling subject is embodied. In this article, we introduce an empirical research method that take into account those human facilities and utilize peoples’ capability to collective imagination: future workshop.