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Contemporary Life Practices: Risks, Moralities and Psychosocial Research

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 09:30 - 17:00

The Open University in London, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP
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A workshop to bring together researchers who have an interest in the potentials and challenges of conducting psychosocial research into contemporary life practices, risk and moralities.

The Psychosocial programme, Centre for Citizenship, Identitenties and Governance is hosting this workshop with the School of Social Sciences and the Understanding Risk Group at Cardiff University

Contemporary Life Practices:  Risks, Moralities and Psychosocial Research

Contemporary life practices are simultaneously material, sociological and psychological,  interrelated, risky and imbued with contemporary practical moralities. Qualitative social science generates knowledge of contemporary life practices, and explores the implications for understanding the agent, subject and object of practices.  New moves in psychosocial research advance such understanding while resisting reduction to either the social or the (psychological) individual.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who have an interest in the potentials and challenges of conducting psychosocial research into contemporary life practices, risk and moralities. In particular, the workshop will consider the fields of environmental risk, sustainability and energy studies; family life and relationships, and contemporary work practices and new modes of the self, including discursive and affective practices.

This workshop is for attendees with related interests who are actively seeking new writing and research collaborations to be followed up in the near future.

The workshop will address the following questions:

*         How is it possible, in contemporary society, for people to live more or less routinely with personal, social and global uncertainty and risk?

*         What methodological approaches, strategies and methods enable us to study contemporary life practices, risk and moralities?

*         How do the forms of understandings we are developing illuminate contemporary life practices, moralities, and ways of living in times of rapid socio-cultural and environmental change?

PROGRAMME

There will be three 90 minute discussion sessions, each with a panel of 5 minute presentation to get the discussion started. The final session of the day will be on future developments such as writing and funding application plans which can follow on from the discussions of the day.

SESSION 1 (9.30 - 11.00) Contemporary moralities of a working self

                Panel to include Stephanie Taylor and Jean McAvoy (OU)

SESSION 2 (11.30 - 1.00) Environment/sustainability/energy use

                Panel to include Karen Henwood, Nick Pidgeon, Chris Groves (Cardiff)

SESSION 3 (2.00 - 3.30) Family identities in transition

                Panel to include Johanna Motzkau (OU), Margunn Bjørnholt

PLANNING SESSION (4.00 - 5.00) Next steps

                Chaired by Karen Henwood and Stephanie Taylor

Registration: 

Registration is now closed.