Interview with Marek Tesar

  • Marek TesarEmail author
  • Paulina Semenec
  • Claudia Diaz-Diaz
Part of the Children: Global Posthumanist Perspectives and Materialist Theories book series (CGPPMT)


In this interview, Marek Tesar turns our attention to the concept of data in childhood studies. As childhood researchers, we know that “data”—in whatever shape or form, is a necessary part of empirical research. Marek engages this topic by bringing his philosophical and methodological insights to ideas not only about what data are but what data can do for our understanding of children in our research. As Marek suggests, “thinking about ‘data’ means thinking about children and their childhoods being part of a larger global conceptual and ontological movement in research.” Marek also poses important questions about researchers’ desires for data, and how this mining of data may actually not always be beneficial to the children in our research.

Further Reading

  1. Arndt, S., & Tesar, M. (2016). A more-than-social movement: The post-human condition of quality in the early years. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Special Issue: Re-imagining Quality in Early Childhood, 17(1), 16–25.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Koro‐Ljungberg, M., Löytonen, T., & Tesar, M. (Eds.). (2017). Disrupting data in qualitative inquiry. Entanglements with the post-critical and post-anthropocentric. Peter Lang.Google Scholar
  3. Tesar, M., & Jukes, B. (2018). Childhoods in the Anthropocene: Re-thinking young children’s agency and activism. In N. Yelland & D. F. Bentley (Eds.), Found in translation: Connecting reconceptualist thinking with early childhood education practices (pp. 76–90). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marek Tesar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paulina Semenec
    • 2
  • Claudia Diaz-Diaz
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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