In this talk, Alecia Youngblood Jackson will situate thinking with theory, not as method with a script but as a new analytic for qualitative inquiry. This new analytic works within and against the truths of humanist, conventional, and interpretive forms of inquiry and analysis that have centered and dominated qualitative research texts and practices. She will argue that thinking with theory does not follow a particular method; rather it relies on a willingness to borrow and reconfigure concepts, invent approaches, and create new assemblages that demonstrate a range of analytic practices of thought, creativity, and invention.
Dr. Jackson is Professor of Educational Research at Appalachian State Unviersity where she is also affiliated faculty in the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies program. Dr. Jackson's research interests bring feminist, poststructural, and posthuman theories of power/knowledge, language, materiality, and subjectivity to bear on a range of overlapping topics: deconstruction of narrative and voice; conceptual analyses of resistance, freedom, and agency in girls' and women's lives; and qualitative analysis in the "posts."