‘The Materiality of Research’ is a series examining the material cultures of academic research, reading and writing. If you would like to contribute to the series, please contact the Managing Editor of LSE Review of Books, Dr Rosemary Deller, at lsereviewofbooks@lse.ac.uk.

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    Materiality of Research: Can imaginative projects complement (and not displace) more critical research? by Davina Cooper

Materiality of Research: Can imaginative projects complement (and not displace) more critical research? by Davina Cooper

Can projects of reimagining complement more critical research? Writing in response to comments on her recent work on reimagining […]

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    Materiality of Research: Word Matters, Words Matter: On Fine-Tuning our Vocabularies of Academic Writing to become Better Writers by Ninna Meier and Charlotte Wegener

Materiality of Research: Word Matters, Words Matter: On Fine-Tuning our Vocabularies of Academic Writing to become Better Writers by Ninna Meier and Charlotte Wegener

When it comes to academic writing, words matter – but do we overly tame and narrow the meanings and […]

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    Materiality of Research: Without End: Documents of Research by Meghann Hillier-Broadley and Francis Blore

Materiality of Research: Without End: Documents of Research by Meghann Hillier-Broadley and Francis Blore

What are the parameters of the academic document? And how can its myriad forms deepen and shape the process […]

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    The Materiality of Research: ‘This Device is Licensed’: The Material and Immaterial Bureaucracy of Research by Derek Dunne

The Materiality of Research: ‘This Device is Licensed’: The Material and Immaterial Bureaucracy of Research by Derek Dunne

In this feature essay, Derek Dunne draws attention to the hidden bureaucratic labour that is increasingly part of academic life. […]

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    The Materiality of Research: What Do We Write to Convey? by Davina Cooper

The Materiality of Research: What Do We Write to Convey? by Davina Cooper

In this feature essay, Davina Cooper grapples with the charge that academic writing is incomprehensible to those outside its […]

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    The Materiality of Research: Dealing with ‘Stuff’ in Design: Thoughts on Materiality in Design Research by Mona Sloane

The Materiality of Research: Dealing with ‘Stuff’ in Design: Thoughts on Materiality in Design Research by Mona Sloane

In this feature essay, Mona Sloane reflects on the importance of material  ‘stuff’ when it comes to understanding the practices […]

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    The Materiality of Research: Towards a Sociology of Plants by Jennifer Jordan

The Materiality of Research: Towards a Sociology of Plants by Jennifer Jordan

In this feature essay, Jennifer Jordan considers the deeply physical and visceral components of forging a sociology of plants, […]

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    The Materiality of Research: ‘Writing with Resonance’ by Charlotte Wegener and Ninna Meier

The Materiality of Research: ‘Writing with Resonance’ by Charlotte Wegener and Ninna Meier

In this feature essay, Charlotte Wegener and Ninna Meier explore the idea of ‘writing with resonance’ as a crucial yet […]

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    The Materiality of Research: Sinking into the Sand: Explorations of the Coast in Sociology by Nick Osbaldiston

The Materiality of Research: Sinking into the Sand: Explorations of the Coast in Sociology by Nick Osbaldiston

In this feature essay, Nick Osbaldiston proposes the notion of a sociology of the coast, linking pre-modern divisions between […]

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    The Materiality of Research: Flows of Thought: On Canals, Materiality and Humanities Research by Jodie Matthews

The Materiality of Research: Flows of Thought: On Canals, Materiality and Humanities Research by Jodie Matthews

In this feature essay, Jodie Matthews examines how waterways have not just been the topic of her work, but […]

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    The Materiality of Research: ‘Creating a Community of Writing Practice in the Classroom’ by Nonia Williams Korteling

The Materiality of Research: ‘Creating a Community of Writing Practice in the Classroom’ by Nonia Williams Korteling

In this feature essay, Nonia Williams Korteling explores how students might be supported in feeling confident about writing processes and […]

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    The Materiality of Research: ‘Woven into the Fabric of the Text: Subversive Material Metaphors in Academic Writing’ by Katie Collins

The Materiality of Research: ‘Woven into the Fabric of the Text: Subversive Material Metaphors in Academic Writing’ by Katie Collins

In this feature essay, Katie Collins proposes that we shift our thinking about academic writing from building metaphors – the language […]

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    The Materiality of Research: ‘Thinking and Writing in Time and Space’ by Ninna Meier

The Materiality of Research: ‘Thinking and Writing in Time and Space’ by Ninna Meier

In this feature essay, Ninna Meier explores the relationship between time, space and academic writing. She ponders the ‘portable […]

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    The Materiality of Research: ‘Textual Autopoiesis: Extending Minds and Selves’ by Miranda Anderson

The Materiality of Research: ‘Textual Autopoiesis: Extending Minds and Selves’ by Miranda Anderson

In this feature essay, Miranda Anderson reflects on how notions of the mind and the self, and the key role […]

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    The Materiality of Research: ‘The Materiality of Facts and Fiction: Recomposing Myself from the Sickbed’ by Charlotte Wegener

The Materiality of Research: ‘The Materiality of Facts and Fiction: Recomposing Myself from the Sickbed’ by Charlotte Wegener

In this feature essay, Charlotte Wegener ‘recomposes’ her writing from her sickbed. Drawing inspiration from the work of novelist A.S. […]

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