School of Health in Social Science

Nini Fang

What ‘creative-relational inquiry' means to me.

When Anne Frank received a diary for present on her 13th birthday, her first entry revealed much important messages - fundamentally the meanings and embodiment of what "creative-relational inquiry" means for me :

“I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support”

~Diary of a Young Girl (1946), by Anne Frank.

It reveals essentially about how she sought to positions her self in relation to her diary. It reveals that she sought to relate to it beyond the scale of person-to-object, but saw the empty space of her diary as imbuing with capacious potential of a relationship and an intimate bond to be formed. She was seeking a subject, and not an object of her diary. The subject, with time, did deservingly earn Anne’s trust by listening and listening unconditionally and uninterruptedly, and finally a name – Kitty, whose existence continued to remain imaginatively but nonetheless, real to Anne.


Nini Fang, Lecturer, University of Derby