A feminist new materialist experiment: exploring what else gets produced through encounters with children’s news media

Osgood, Jayne ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9424-8602 and Andersen, Camilla Eline (2019) A feminist new materialist experiment: exploring what else gets produced through encounters with children’s news media. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 20 (4) . pp. 363-380. ISSN 1463-9491 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1463949119888482)

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In this paper we are concerned to grapple with the ways in which real world issues directly impact children’s lives, and ask what else gets produced through encounters with children’s global news media specifically within the contexts of the UK and Norway. Our aim is to experiment with worldling practices as a means to open up generative possibilities to encounter and reconfigure difficult knowledges. We take two contemporary events: the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London, and the 2018 Marjory Stoneman high school shooting massacre in Florida, as a means to attend to ways in which affects are materialised across multiple times and spaces. News reports of these harrowing events, alongside what they produced, in terms of child activism, racism and toxic masculinity, provided a catalyst for a feminist new materialist experiment in generating other knowledges through material-affective-embodied encounters. Newspapers, glue, sticky tape, string, torches, bags and a cartridge for a firearm undertook important work within a speculative workshop, where a small number of early childhood researchers came together to be open to multiple and experimental ways of (k)not-knowing in order to formulate collectively shared problems. Following Manning (2016) we recognise that to avoid getting stuck in familiar ways of thinking and doing we need to undertake research differently. We wondered how might the re-materialisation of these events (through objects, artefacts, sounds and images) shift our thinking about childhood in other directions. We dwell upon the affective work that these high-profile news events perform, and how they might become rearticulated through affective encounters with materiality. Attending to how these events worked on us involves staying with the trouble (Haraway, 2016) as it becomes reignited, mutated and amplified across time and in different contexts. Our goal is to generate other possibilities that seek to reconfigure the ‘image of the child’. By resisting comforts of recognition, reflection and identification we reach beyond what we think we know about how children are in the world, and instead argue for their entanglement with difficult knowledges through, ours and their, world-making practices.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 30360
Notes on copyright: Osgood, J., & Andersen, C. E. , A feminist new materialist experiment: Exploring what else gets produced through encounters with children’s news media, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 20(4), 363–380. Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/1463949119888482.
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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 08:01
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:43
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30360

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