Fingerprints and Pulp: Nomadic Ethics in Research Practice




Braidotti, nomadic ethics, art-making, representation, qualitatitive research


This paper thinks with Braidotti’s nomadic ethics through the process of making paper to consider the ethical marks and cuts of doing qualitative research. Through the process of making paper, cutting, soaking, blending, pressing, and drying the debris of my dissertation, I consider questions of representation, ethics, and responsibility in qualitative research. Simultaneously, I consider the relations and interactions made possible through an art installation where the handmade paper was displayed as part of my dissertation defense. I contemplate my interactions and conversations with the participants that attended the installation and how these encounters led to new considerations of ethics and representation through research methodology and art.

Author Biography

Maureen Flint, The University of Georgia

Maureen Flint is an Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research at the University of  Georgia. Her background in pattern making and fashion design inform her methodological approach to her research on college students and higher education, and questions of social and spatial justice.  


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How to Cite

Flint, M. (2020). Fingerprints and Pulp: Nomadic Ethics in Research Practice. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 5(1), 1–15.