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“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

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

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Nikki Rutter nikki.rutter@durham.ac.uk
Assistant Professor (Academic) in Sociology

Ecem Hasan

Anna Pilson anna.pilson@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy

Emma Yeo emma.j.yeo@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy



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 “feminst 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.

Citation

Rutter, N., Hasan, E., Pilson, A., & Yeo, E. (2023). “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. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22, https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211019595

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2021
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 17, 2023
Journal International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Electronic ISSN 1609-4069
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211019595
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1240826

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