Skipping on the Grains of Multiverses Towards a Portal: World-Building Experience


  • Polina Golovátina-Mora Norwegian University of Science and Technology



This essay is a fictional autoethnographic sensemaking of the experience during the long lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sensemaking mainly draws on the thought of Deleuze and Guattari and Karen Barad, with a methodology inspired by Donna Haraway’s conceptualisation of speculative fabulation. The experience is defined as multispecies migration in the multiverse. The essay is an exploration of relations between different forms of memories and associations that they produce in their interaction under the conditions of the current pandemic, as well as between the agencies involved and created in these relations. This includes childhood memories, immediate memories, readings, conversations, imaginative work, dreams, and cinematic images that form the worldview of the author. The essay experiments with the forms of exploration and its presentation to emphasize the intra-action between the content and the form of writing. The author aims to contest the linear idea of research and writing and expand the acceptable referential framework.

Author Biography

Polina Golovátina-Mora, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Polina Golovátina-Mora is Associate Professor in Film and Media in Education in the Faculty of Teacher Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU. Polina holds a PhD in History with emphasis in historiograpahy and research methodology. Her research is informed by posthumanist feminism and critical pedagogy, and focuses on qualitative, art-based, and sensorial research methodology and pedagogy. Polina’s research at different moments has covered an intersection between narratives, language, and power, the monstrous as a reflection of current societal issues, theoretical alternatives to traditional views of the nation-state, urban artistic practices, nature and elements in folklore and their social and environmental meanings, as well as questions of memory and creativity. She has published articles and book chapters in Russian, English, and Spanish.


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How to Cite

Golovátina-Mora, P. (2022). Skipping on the Grains of Multiverses Towards a Portal: World-Building Experience. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 12(2), 323–342.