Conference Papers

*‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on’: using dreams as a research method to trouble un/conscious discourses in education

How many of us working in HE often struggle to survive rather than thrive? In challenging days of Neo-liberal times I kept asking ’[t]he question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? (Albert Einstein, in Van Oech, 2011: 64) Hence in my research on ‘Myths, Madness, and Mourning in the Halls of Academe’, I sought to query the levels of un/conscious ‘denial’ regarding the effects of Parker’s (1997:4) rising tide of bellicose managerialism manifested in hierarchical lines of command and decision-making, centralization of power, massively increased bureaucracy, [and more] … and my lived ‘reality’ of being in the midst of it. For Jung, one cannot reduce the unconscious to its personal dimension; it is transcendent, and provides the vessels that carry us between ‘the realm of the unconscious and the phenomenal world of human experiences’. (Grey, 2008: 20) So, how did I get to this phenomenal world? How could I delve down through messy imbricated layers of personal ‘knowing’, and find a way to expose a ‘collective unconscious’ that surrounds experiences of being in an academic community?
I dreamt it all up! Here I explore the use of dreams to provoke ‘the irruption of transgressive data’ (St Pierre, 1997) in order to disturb and trouble performative discourses within the academy.
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References
Grey, F. (2008) Jung, Irigaray, Individuation: Philosophy, Analytical psychology, and the question of the Feminine, London: Routledge.
Parker, S. (1997) Reflective Teaching in the Postmodern World: a manifesto for education in postmodernity, Buckingham: Open University Press
*Shakespeare, W. The Tempest, Act IV, Sc 1, 155-156
St. Pierre, Adams E. (2010) ‘Methodology in the fold and the irruption of transgressive data’, in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Vol 10 (2), 175-189
Van Oeuch, R. (2011) A Whack on the Side of the Head, London: Primento Edition

Macleod-Johnstone, E. (2016) '*‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on’: using dreams as a research method to trouble un/conscious discourses in education', paper presented to The 12th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), 30 June-01 July, viewed 09 August 2020, <https://educationstudies.org.uk/?p=5592>