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Interdisciplinary Seminar Series 2007

The seminars provide a forum for debate and discussion about the present use of, and future directions for qualitative research within the social sciences. The series addresses the ways in which qualitative research is conducted across the social sciences, and how qualitative data are used to inform scholars, practitioners and policy makers. In particular the series considers issues of qualitative research capacity building in the contexts of interdisciplinarity and methodological innovation.

Qualitative Research and Arts Practice: The potential for research capacity building
Tuesday 18th September 2007 11am - 4pm
Committee Room 1, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

This seminar addresses the ways in which qualitative research can draw upon arts practice. In recent calls toward new qualitative methodologies, which embrace and extend arts practices, little attention has been paid to the challenges and opportunities these present in relation to research capacity building. This seminar has a particular focus on the implications on the training and research capacity building implications of blurring the boundaries between arts and social science.

Chair: Professor Brian Roberts, University of Glamorgan

Speakers:
Professor Brian Roberts, University of Glamorgan
"Performance and the study of lives"
Dr Kip Jones, Bournemouth University
"Social Science finding its Muse"
Professor Martin Hughes, University of Bristol
"Using drama to disseminate research in the social sciences"
Professor Frances Rapport, Swansea University
"Poetry of Memoir"

Download a copy of the programme [25.1kb, pdf file] >>>>>

To view abstracts of these presentations. >>>>>>

The film Dr Kip Jones' presented at this seminar is available via the following weblink: http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=8188537605740215203

Developing ‘mobile’ methods
Tuesday 12th June 2007 11am – 4.30pm
Committee Room 1, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

Mobile methodologies are being developed, partly in recognition of the importance of generating social scientific understandings of the movement of social actors through and in space. Researching and representing bodies on the move present a range of methodological, representational and technological challenges. Undertaking mobile fieldwork (through walking, cycling, travelling) can also provide interesting new spaces for the development of research relationships and the collection of data. This seminar considers the opportunities afforded by and difficulties associated with undertaking qualitative research ‘on the move’, bringing together contributors from a range of social science disciplines.

Chair: Dr Chris Taylor, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Speakers:
Dr Nick Emmel and Dr Andrew Clark, Real Live Methods Node of NCRM, University of Leeds
“We walk the walk, but can we talk the talk (with deference to John Lee Hooker): walkabouts to understand the lived envrionments of the community
Dr Ben Fincham, School of Applied Social Science, Brighton University
“It’s a question of balance: mobile methodologies and studies involving movement”
Dr Nicola Ross, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
“On the go: Conducting and representing mobilities research(pdf file, 450kb) (Section 2 (pdf file, 2.62Mb), Section 3 (pdf file, 27.4kb))
Dr Mark McGuinness, School of Science and the Environment, Bath Spa University
“Everyday urban mobilities: capturing children's travel worlds
Dr Eric Laurier, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh
“Being there and seeing there: passenger and video ethnographies” (pdf file, 690kb)

The seminar is free to attend. There is no need for formally book a place, however to help us ensure that there are enough refreshments available and to avoid problems of undercapacity we would be grateful if you could email qualiti@cardiff.ac.uk, telling us if you would like to attend.

For a copy of the programme click here

Mobile Methods Seminar Presentations

Copies of the presentations are now available for download, to access these please click on the paper titles above. Please note that some of these presentations have been edited from the version given at the seminar due to restricted permissions on some of the material included. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some documents.

 

The seminars are free to attend. There is no need for formally book a place, however to help us ensure that there are enough refreshments available and to avoid problems of undercapacity we would be grateful if you could email qualiti@cardiff.ac.uk, telling us if you would like to attend.

Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with travel or other related costs.


 

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