“It’s the end of the Phd as we know it, and we feel fine…because everything is fucked anyway”: utilizing feminist collaborative autoethnography to navigate global crises

Nikki Rutter*, Ecem Hasan, Anna Pilson, Emma Yeo

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Abstract

Unpacking our experiences as trainee researchers navigating a global pandemic; in this research four researchers identify and interpret otherwise individual experiences through a collective lens. These shared responses are collated and understood through the multivocal method of what we term a “feminist collaborative auto-ethnography.” Relational ethics using a praxis of care, in line with feminist epistemology underpin the systematic analysis of our shared experiences to enhance intersubjectivity and the co-construction of knowledge. Individual reflections and collaborative sessions were utilized to immerse ourselves both situationally and critically into the pool of data. Concurrently creating and analyzing our collaborative inquiry. We utilized mind maps, probing, and reflexivity to engage with our individual and shared social, emotional, and structural challenges. Through analysis of the collaborative data we identified that we had all developed safety seeking strategies, and that a focused research method not only provided direction, but provided a support network. The researchers found that collaborative autoethnography is a useful and holistic method of understanding and navigating adversities in the PhD process, allowing for us to interpret multiple levels of adversity and support-strategies during Covid-19 times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1–12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods
Volume22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [Grant Number, ES/P000762/1].

Keywords

  • autoethnography
  • critical theory
  • critical ethnography
  • feminist research
  • ethnography
  • narrative
  • action research
  • virtual environments

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