Writing Visually Through (Methodological) Events and Cartography

Jasmine B. Ulmer, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg

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This article explores visual forms of writing through cartography and methodological events. As re-envisioned writing practices and textual methodologies potentially push boundaries of qualitative research, these new lines of inquiry also may respond to persisting educational challenges that confine occupational job design and career pathways in education. Various related and unrelated inquiries, representations, and practices set in motion a series of methodological events related to writing, analysis, and our researcher selves. In this article, career pathways provide one topical example that is used to focus our writing and cartographies, but we also imagine broader methodological mappings that extend beyond data on teacher career pathways. We therefore propose that writing visually through cartography may help scholars avoid recycling research and retracing existing educational policies. Furthermore, we propose that uncertain textual authority and non-linear textuality may manifest as productive analytical and methodological space within a Deleuzian installation of visual writings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-152
Number of pages15
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 19 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • arts-based inquiry
  • methodologies
  • methods of inquiry
  • new methods
  • post-structuralism
  • visual methods
  • writing as method of inquiry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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