Writing embodied generosity


This writing-story showcases the possibilities of shaking off limiting conventions and finding one’s own way to academic writing. Pauliina had conducted fieldwork on “embodied facilitations,” through methods from dance and movement therapy, in three organizations. She then analyzed her material through thematic coding. This procedure, based on the logic of reduction, removed the diversity of embodied movements that were essential to her and the research participants. In searching for an alternative, we read Cixous’ work on “generosity” where she emphasized how the “strangeness” of the other and of ourselves is not something to stay away from, but rather to embrace, during writing. This text, written as an interplay between us, illustrates how the generous stance opened a different approach to writing embodiment in research. We call it “writing embodied generosity”; an art-inspired writing-in-movement through reading, drawing, and listening that overflows and surprises us as we write in embodied multiplicity.

Aims of research

This article aims at exploring embodied research writing by using examples from DMT-based embodied facilitation in organizations.

Principal research question(s)

How to stay embodied while writing research?

Principal findings

By exploring the ways to stay embodied during the research writing process gives space and freedom to the ways research insights are expressed. Generosity is an attitude, which enables to stay embodied during the research writing.

Research Collaborators​
Jenny Helin
Research Supervisors
Susan Meriläinen and Ville Pietiläinen
Client group
Employees at the health care and social services organizations
Nature of data collection
Interviews, auto-ethnographic notes, movement analysis
Research design
Research team
Jenny Helin