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Event guide

A guide to all the events that took place at the Festival of Social Science 2017

6 November 2017

Class: the elephant in the room

The middle classes run the arts; they define value, they define excellence, they define what the next new thing is. Don’t they? Then what are the possibilities for change in an industry that undervalues and distances itself from working-class people - culturally, socially and economically?

The event asked what defines us and our ‘place’ and explored how the making of art with, for and by people who often feel under represented might be possible.

7 November 2017

Uncomfortable conversations: Confronting Northern Ireland's troubled past

The 30 year period of violence known as the Northern Ireland Troubles were the defining conflict of Britain's post-war history. Resulting in around 3,600 deaths and 40,000 serious injuries, the conflict's legacy continues to dominate individual lives and national politics today. How to deal with the legacy of the past is now a major challenge for Northern Ireland.

7 November 2017

WISERD Data Mapping Portal for Civil Society research

This event explained how the WISERD Data Portal (WDP) can be used to access and map social and economic data (made freely available as data feeds by UK and Welsh governments), and how you can map your own data and create map mashups.

Attendees had the opportunity to use the WDP with the WISERD data team available for help and advice.
Third and public sector organisations require an evidence base for their policymaking, which means there is a demand for easy access to existing government data sources and ways of visualising this data, such as through mapping. The WISERD Data Portal was developed with these needs in mind.

7 November 2017

Engaging pupils with school health research

This event aimed to share and celebrate good practice for engaging pupils with research, and to identify sustainable practices and structures for ongoing engagement across Wales.

Pupils learnt what the School Health Research Network (SHRN) is and how it links to young people in their school.

There was an interactive session designed to encourage discussion about their school research data and the role that pupils can have in using it to make a difference to the health of those in their school.

8 November 2017

Imagining the future - balancing hope and anxiety

Thinking about the future is something that people often do in their everyday lives, yet how do these imagined futures influence the way we live in the present?

Debates about energy and environmental change often involve long-term timescales, with proponents of energy justice debates arguing that the needs of future generations must be taken into account. This is particularly evident in Wales in the context of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. But how easy is it for people to maintain connections to these long-term futures in the context of everyday life?

9 November 2017

Raising multilingual children - Magu plant amlieithog (18:00-19:30)

Are you raising your children to speak more than one language? Are you interested in bilingualism and multilingualism generally? This seminar discussed parents’ experiences of using Welsh and/or other languages (e.g. Arabic or Polish) with their children. It included summaries of research on the use of Welsh in families and research on trilingual families.

The event also invited parents to share their own strategies for using minority languages with children in the home. The event was held in Welsh and English and simultaneous translation into English available.

10 November 2017

‘‘Significantus’: A keyboard conversation about climate change

Significantus is a touring piano and spoken word project created by composer-pianist Lola Perrin. Lola’s latest composition inspired by climate change to stimulate more people to talk about how we can increase our ambition to deal with climate change.

10 November 2017

Researching the voluntary sector: An introduction

What is the purpose of social science research? How do you develop meaningful research questions? What kinds of things do we want to know? This event was for those with either little or some experience of carrying out social research, who want to develop their interest and skills.

The event enabled those working in and around the voluntary sector to learn, through planning, what research is meant to achieve. The event introduced attendees to the notion of design. Having produced meaningful questions, how should we go about investigating them?

Attendees were introduced to the research design process, matching up questions to the most effective design. Should the research be quantitative in nature, qualitative, or a mixture of the two?