This poem, written after my writing was plagiarized, heeds Bowers’s (1994) call to use language, rather than silence, to express the emotions associated with the plagiarism of my work. I write how the act of plagiarism cut into my core and created a wound. That wound opened a space to see how, like Bowers (1997), my writing and creative process are deeply personal. They are inquiry (Richardson & St. Pierre, 2018). And they matter more than I ever knew. They are a life. A life that is healed with the writing of this poem. The poem and brief methodological note that follow it aim to open conversations about plagiarism in the qualitative inquiry literature.
Because It Was Never Just Words
Susan Nordstrom is Associate Professor of Qualitative Research at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on qualitative methodological innovations that create a more just world. This focus is built from links between applied and methodological research that are informed by feminist, poststructuralist, and posthumanist philosophies. In her applied work, she merges philosophy, qualitative research, and art-making to create interventions that focus on entanglements in schools and neighborhoods. That work has been featured at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis and the Memphis College of Art. Her methodological work focuses on developing ways for qualitative researchers to reconsider the work of nonhuman objects in their research practices. Her methodological articles have appeared in Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies, Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology, and other leading qualitative research journals. She has lectured about both her applied and methodological work across the United States and abroad.
Susan Naomi Nordstrom; Because It Was Never Just Words. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2023; 12 (2): 73–78. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2023.12.2.73
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