Public Performances and Art-Based Interventions in Liminal Academic Spaces

Mirka Koro, Tejia Löytönen, Joshua Cruz

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In this research, we brought together various theories and speculative conceptual connections of otherness associated with liminality especially as seen through one methodological experiment and art-based intervention, namely flash mobs. From our perspective, liminality and liminal spaces are incomplete and always becoming since often they cannot be documented or described through existing language and normative concepts. Moving away from normativity and speaking back from liminal spaces carry risks since complex and intersubjective liminal spaces challenge the authority of the researcher, knowing, and doing in Academia. In this work, we use examples from our flash mob events to bridge theorizing and public performances, actual limit experiences, and twisted forms of (normative) scholarship. We ask what is being produced through art-based interventions, resistance, liminality, and twisted scholarship in the context of inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1070
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number8-9
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • flash-mobs
  • liminality
  • post qualitative
  • space
  • third space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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