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Posthuman co-production: becoming response-able with what matters

EJ Renold (School of Social Sciences, College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Gabrielle Ivinson (Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 13 January 2022

Issue publication date: 7 February 2022




This paper introduces the concept of posthuman co-production. It explores how processual and relational onto-epistemologies inform an artful, response-able (Barad 2007) feminist new materialist praxis that decentres the human and re-centres matter.


Posthuman co-production gives prominence to crafting “dartaphacts” (Renold, 2018); creative research artefacts, carrying “what matters” and enacting change that can be mapped across time and multiple “problem spaces” (Lury, 2020), as an expansive, post-qualitative praxis of slow, co-production.


The paper stories this praxis across three “fugal figurations” providing glimpses into the post-qualitative journeys of assembled dartaphacts in the policy and practice field of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) in Wales. Each fugue hints at the polytical, resourceful and living potential of dartaphacts in the making and their mattering over a period of six years. Collectively, they chart a rhizomatic journey that re-configures co-production as a response-able, becoming-with what matters.


As more-than-human forces for change, dartaphacts continue to surface “the cries of what matters” (Stengers 2019) for children and young people well beyond the periods of funded research and engagement, giving new meaning to the sustainability and material legacies of research impact.



Funding: This study received funding from ESRC (Award No. ES/K002716/1), ESRC Impact Accelerator Account 2015-2016, ESRC Impact accelerator Account 2019-2020 and ESRC Impact Prize Money 2018.


Renold, E. and Ivinson, G. (2022), "Posthuman co-production: becoming response-able with what matters", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 108-128.



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