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CCIG Forum 28 on Methods

Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 11:00 - 16:00

Christodoulou Meeting Room 15, not 11, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

This CCIG Forum engaged with a critical reflection on the social and political life of method and the future potential of research data


CCIG Forum 28, held on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 was co-organised by Enactments/Families, Relationships, Communities/Postgrad Research programmes. It provided a valuable practical opportunity to critically reflect on the social and political life of method and the future potential of research data.

The choice of methods when developing research is indeed rarely a neutral activity. Researchers often have a strong prior commitment to certain methods making method perhaps less about representation and more about performance. Could methods be said to enact? The possibility that methods are capable of taking on a life of their own is further compounded by the increasing awareness that projects become archived as “data” which may well be re-purposed by new researchers, with new questions in years to come.

Speakers included:

Libby Bishop (Archivist, Economic and Social Data Service – ESDS), who presented the practicalities, potentialities and pitfalls of using archive data.

Evelyn Ruppert (CCIG and CRESC, Open University), who drew from her work on SLoM and ‘live’ archives of ‘big data’ to discuss the epistemological and ontological issues raised when data travels and is re-purposed, deployed, re-framed and re-mobilised by different methods and researchers.

Jef Huysmans (CCIG Director) and Martina Tazziolli (Goldsmiths – University of London), who elaborated on the Political Life of Methods. Jef explored the role of methods in International Relations and Martina tackled the issue of militant research in the field of migrations.

The full programme is included in the attached flyer.



Part 1: Introduction and Libby Bishop Presentation (1)

Part 2: Libby Bishop Presentation (2)

Part 3: Peter Redman Presentation

Part 4: Evelyn Ruppert Presentation

Part 5: Jef Huysmans and Martina Tazziolli Presentations


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