Vulnerable relational knowing that matters

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This paper explores vulnerable relational knowing, and in it we open up our own embodied habits and experiences as feminist academics. We discuss how displaying our academic bodies as naked, both symbolically and physically, enhances and appreciates—instead of hiding—vulnerability. We also discuss how our academic bodies entangle with a range of more-than-human creatures and material surroundings to highlight the multispecies and material nature of vulnerable relational knowing. Two detailed stories, “Intimate sharing of academic knowledge: A recumbent study circle” and “Keropirtti: A place and space to work differently” provide unique examples of the enactment of alternative ways of working in academia, and their analysis demonstrates the potential of vulnerability for embodied relational knowing in academia, which has, to date, been commonly analyzed in the context of writing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jul 2021
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • academic work
  • embodiment
  • feminism
  • new materialism
  • relational knowing
  • storytelling
  • vulnerability

Field of science

  • Gender studies


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