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Methods in Motion Blog 4: Elizabeth Silva - What are Open Methodologies?

5 October 2016

Open Methodologies are one of the key concepts informing CCIG’s cross cutting theme: Methods in Motion. This blogpost introduces the concept in more detail, in turn exploring its consequences for methodological subjectivity, politics, technical expertise and credibility.

Methods in Motion Blog 3: Paul Stenner asks what Physics has ever done for Psychology?

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30 September 2016

The key question in the Methods in Motion Blog is ‘how do we know?’ But what has the idea of ‘being in motion’ got to do with knowledge and how we know it? In this blog I will take a big step back and examine how, in the history of natural science, ‘being in motion’ has put our knowledge into question. This, in my view, is interesting because it shows how questioning knowledge itself is a crucial part of the wider ‘methods in motion’ agenda, and is not a solely philosophical matter.

Methods in Motion Blog 2: Edward Wastnidge is trying to make sense of methods

27 September 2016

When I was asked to contribute to this blog I was flattered and also flustered. As an insecure academic I have always felt a tad uncertain about the strengths or otherwise of my methodological contribution.  The words epistemology and ontology should chime with the innate curiosity that drives my academic enquiry, but instead they have historically left me scratching my head.  ‘Isn’t it enough to just generate knowledge and offer insight?’ has been my stock response to date.

Methods in Motion Blog 1: Elizabeth Silva introduces Methods in Motion

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23 September 2016

Methods are ways of knowing, and they are always changing. Academics have recently become highly methodologically creative, inventing a swathe of new practical ways of knowing about social life. Yet we at CCIG would argue that researchers must go beyond meeting the intensified demand for new methods. Methods are important because what we know is changed by how we know it. Furthermore, the reasons why someone uses a particular method are linked to their wider ends and means; what makes useful knowledge in that specific field.

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