Locking and Unlocking: The potentialities for intra-storying-activism in “this” Baglady collective

Jo Albin-Clark, Julie A Ovington, Philippa Isom,, Louise Platt, Lucy Harding, Carley Faelan, Alice Elwell, , Philippa Nicoll Antipas, Anna Pilson, Charlotte E. Marshall, Sharon Louise Smith

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In this article we disrupt extractivist and privileged individualised knowledge production by decentering the human ‘I’to ‘we’through storying. Inspired by Le Guin (2019) and Haraway’s (2016) narrative baglady figuration, we explore a Baglady storytelling praxis. This means putting to work posthuman theories with the more-than-human, where knowledge-making is generated through the intra-actions of our collective’s storying. Starting with the provocation of locking and unlocking, we story to make sense ofpolitical and ethical affectivities that disrupt and interrupt everyday materialities and spatialities. From here, we speculate with movements of response-ability as “intra-activism” (Renold & Ringrose, 2017, 631). For us, storying puts in motion intra-action, speculation, calls to act, relationality, and feminist community building that we frame as intra-storying-activism. Making and re-making stories with intra-storying-activism navigates non-hierarchical post-authorship to re-imagine, speculate-with andtrouble the human from extractivist positions. By foregrounding relationality as a multiplying storying, we create playful, dynamic, and generative spaces for knowledge making as a collective that both welcomes and provokes calls to act.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)251-268
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Posthumanism
Issue number3
Early online date31 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2023


  • Baglady storytelling praxis
  • intra-storying-activism
  • extractivism
  • feminist collective
  • posthuman materialism feminism

Research Groups

  • Children's Rights and Wellbeing Research Network


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