Interview with Bronwyn Davies

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


We had many questions for Bronwyn Davies, as we have been followers of her work for a long time. Her influential books Frogs and Snails and Feminist Tales (1989) and Life in the classroom and playground (1982) as well as her more recent book Listening to Children (2014a) (among many other works), inspired our thinking and research practices, particularly in relation to gender.

Further Reading

  1. Davies, B. (2014). Reading anger in early childhood intra-actions: A diffractive analysis. Qualitative Inquiry, 20(6), 734–741Google Scholar
  2. Davies, B. (2018). The persistent smile of the Cheshire cat. Explorations in the agency of matter through art-making. Qualitative Inquiry 1–9Google Scholar
  3. Davies, B. (2019). Pondering the pond: ethical encounters with children. In C. Schulte (Ed.), Ethics and research with young children: ‘New’ perspectives. BloomsburyGoogle Scholar


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bronwyn Davies
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudia Diaz-Diaz
    • 2
  • Paulina Semenec
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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