Surreal Encounters: Playing with the more-than-human at a community farm

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This article explores synergies between surrealism and posthumanism, including ways of knowing the world in ways that simultaneously value and de-centre the human and inspire much-needed creative thinking about reworlding the planet. These are playful ways of knowing that embrace chance, accept paradox and question conventional understandings of time. Such ideas are explored though the example of an arts-based research project at a community farm in Lancashire, UK. The project’s ‘surrealist sensibility’ resulted not only in encouraging participants’ creativity but also in opening them up to encounters with the more-than-human and providing acknowledgement of how connected we really are.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Early online date25 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2023


  • arts-based inquiry
  • methods of inquiry
  • feminist methodologies
  • methodologies
  • posthumanism
  • environment
  • more-than-human
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anthropology

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  • Centre for Social Responsibility


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