Reflexivity in research teams through narrative practice and textile-making

Beatriz E. Arias López, Christine Andrä, Berit Bliesemann de Guevara*

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This article discusses narrative practice and textile-making as two techniques of researcher reflexivity in diverse teams conducting qualitative-interpretive research. Specifically, it suggests definitional ceremonies—a collective structured method of storytelling and group resonances—as a useful tool to interweave diverse researchers as a team, while maintaining the plurivocity that enables deeper reflexivity. Additionally, textile-making is introduced as a material and embodied way of expression, which complements narrative practice where words fail or need a non-linguistic form of elicitation. We illustrate the two techniques with examples from our international, collaborative qualitative-interpretive research project with demobilized guerrilla fighters in Colombia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-312
Number of pages7
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number2
Early online date03 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2023


  • collaborative research
  • Colombia
  • definitional ceremony
  • narrative practice
  • peace process
  • qualitative-interpretive research
  • Reflexivity
  • textile-making
  • transdisciplinary research
  • Articles
  • reflexivity


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