From Bubbles to Foam, A Nomadic Interpretation of Collaborative Publishing: A Review of Jorge Lucero and Colleagues’ Article in Art Education


  • Chloé Dierckx KU Leuven
  • Nico Canoy Ateneo de Manila University
  • Jessica Schoffelen KU Leuven – UC Leuven Limburg
  • Ellen Anthoni KU Leuven
  • Sara Coemans KU Leuven
  • Lynn Hendricks KU Leuven - Stellenbosch University
  • Karmijn van de Oudeweetering KU Leuven
  • Ruth Segers KU Leuven
  • Pinelopi Tzouva KU Leuven
  • Hanne Vrebos KU Leuven
  • Karin Hannes KU Leuven



WhatsApp, social media, collaborative research, creative dissemination, transdisciplinary


This review is a bricolage of nomadic encounters with Jorge Lucero and colleagues’ (2016) article on ways to engage with collaborative publishing. Lucero presents a Facebook discussion amongst practitioners denouncing the limited power of practitioners in shaping academic discourse. It shows how social media can serve as a platform for inviting the practitioner’s voice into research. The authors illustrate that by using Facebook, practitioners’ unfamiliarity and discomfort with academic standards can be bypassed. It demonstrates metalogue as a conceptual form of writing that disrupts the structure of conversations and challenges the authorial researchers’ voices. A critical note, however, is whether it is beneficial in the long term to consider the academic and social media parts as separate accounts. We argue that collaborative publishing requires collaborative research and writing in the first place. In response to the article, we started a WhatsApp conversation. This enabled us to reflect on the content of the article and experience the use of social media as a collaborative writing method ourselves.

Author Biographies

Chloé Dierckx, KU Leuven

Chloé Dierckx is a PhD researcher at the university of Leuven, faculty of social sciences and member of the Research group Social, Methodological and Theoretical Innovation/Kreative (SoMeTHin’K) and the Meaningful Interactions Laboratory (MintLab). She has a background in Visual arts, Anthropology and Cultural Politics. Her research is concerned with how techniques from art and design can be used to disseminate scientific research. Her main focus is on implementing these techniques within an academic context, both in education and research, by overcoming the art-science divide.

Nico Canoy, Ateneo de Manila University

Nico Canoy has a background in social and organizational psychology and is affiliated with Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and is a member of the Research group Social, Methodological and Theoretical Innovation/Kreative (SoMeTHin’K) in KU Leuven, Belgium. He specializes in the discursive-material dynamics of classed, gendered, and sexualized realities of health care (e.g. HIV, drug use, mental health) in stigmatized settings, with a particular focus on theoretical and methodological development through posthuman experimentations in qualitative inquiry.

Jessica Schoffelen, KU Leuven – UC Leuven Limburg

Jessica Schoffelen (PhD) works within the context of the research groups Inclusive Society (UC Leuven Limburg) and the Centre for Sociological Research (University of Leuven, SoMeTHin’K). She lectures on research methods (qualitative, art and design research methods) and investigates how to enable long-term participatory design and citizen engagement.

Ellen Anthoni, KU Leuven

Ellen Anthoni is a PhD researcher working on co-creating future stories for change with citizens (University of Leuven, SoMeTHin’K). She is a trend researcher, youth expert, future fantasizer and art director. She’s on a mission to build better futures, based on insights in and together with the next generation. She gives lectures and workshops on youth trends and helps organizations to understand and engage young people. As a co-founder of BrusselAVenir she builds future narratives that triggers “Brusseleirs”; to take their city and their future in their hands, and work together towards a resilient city for all.

Sara Coemans, KU Leuven

Sara Coemans is a PhD researcher at the Laboratory for Education and Society (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences) and SoMeThin’K (Faculty of Social Sciences) of the University of Leuven. In her research, she explores the potential of arts-based and multi-sensory approaches to study the relationship between people and their surroundings.

Lynn Hendricks, KU Leuven - Stellenbosch University

Lynn Hendricks is a Research Psychologist and Epidemiologist. She currently holds a joint PhD candidate position at the Faculty of Social Sciences (SoMeTHin’K), KU Leuven and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, where she also lectures and designs new modules. Her research interests include
innovative decolonial research praxis, adolescence, health, and qualitative synthesis methods. She approaches her work from a decolonial academic activism perspective.

Karmijn van de Oudeweetering, KU Leuven

Karmijn van de Oudeweetering is a PhD student at KU Leuven, Belgium, at the Methodology of Educational Sciences Research Group. Her research is focused on developing innovative qualitative methods to study (online/open) educational initiatives. These methods address, among other things, spaces and times
generated through interactions between online and offline educational practices.

Ruth Segers, KU Leuven

Ruth Segers is a researcher at the University of Leuven, Department of Architecture and SoMeTHin’K. She obtained a PhD in Engineering Sciences: Architecture and a MA in Political Sciences. She now holds an Innovation Mandate (VLAIO) where she focusses on operationalizing arts-based methods for embodied cooperation in and for public and common place. Her ongoing research project is called “Mount Murals.”

Pinelopi Tzouva, KU Leuven

Pinelopi Tzouva is PhD researcher in Literature and Cultural Research. She holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology and MA in Cultural Studies. Her Interests are chronic illness, breast cancer, queer theory, social justice, Deleuze and Guattari, auto-theory, arts-based research and activism.

Hanne Vrebos, KU Leuven

Hanne Vrebos is a research associate for Urban Ecological Planning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a PhD researcher at the faculty of Social Sciences of KU Leuven (SoMeTHin’K). Holding a background in Architectural engineering, inclusive urban planning and the humanitarian sector, her research focuses on participatory methods and citizen engagement in urban development.

Karin Hannes, KU Leuven

Karin Hannes is associate professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Research Group SoMeTHin’K) of the University of Leuven. Her main research interest is in developing, applying, refining and re-appropriating approaches to qualitative research. She is most known for her academic contributions in the area of qualitative and mixed evidence synthesis. On a primary research level, she has been focusing on the use and further development of arts-based, multi-sensory, and place-based research methods in the context of public health, social-cultural and social welfare practice.



How to Cite

Dierckx, C., Canoy, N., Schoffelen, J., Anthoni, E., Coemans, S., Hendricks, L., van de Oudeweetering, K., Segers, R., Tzouva, P., Vrebos, H., & Hannes, K. (2020). From Bubbles to Foam, A Nomadic Interpretation of Collaborative Publishing: A Review of Jorge Lucero and Colleagues’ Article in Art Education. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 5(1), 241–249.