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The Dreaming Body: Cut-ups, Tattoos and Other Narrative Assemblages of Inter-being and Becoming

This presentation explores how ‘cut up’ assemblages of found texts and images may, via bricolage/decoupage processes, be applied to 3-dimensional objects, as an autoethnographical exploration of self-storying life transitions and transformations – the shape shifting assemblage, charting the liminality betwixt teacher and student; researcher and writer; thinker and dreamer.

The embodied, autoethnographic process and product becomes entangled and entwined with rhyzomatic methodologies of meaning making: deconstruction, defamiliarsation and intertextuality. The narrative presented is sequenced and revisioned as an evocative, embodied creative-relational re-positioning, re-selfing, re-wilding – layering identities; arriving, not finishing.


About Mark:

I hold posts as Senior Lecturer on the Professional Doctorate in Education at St Mary’s University, Twickenham; Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton; and Honorary Fellow with Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, University of Edinburgh.

My research interests lie in the fields of narrative and participatory inquiry and autoethnography, exploring particularly issues of agency, voice, border crossing and boundary spanning. This work mirrors my own professional life changes from playworker, to teacher, to youth worker, to counsellor, to academic, research and writer. I recently became a student again, embarking on an MA in Creative Writing.


My teaching and supervision experience centres on qualitative inquiry, critical and creative reflective practices, partnerships, collaboration, intersubjectivity and collegial capital.


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