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Methods on the move

Videos from the event now available

On November 12 & 13, 2015, the OU organised an advanced postgraduate research school on methods with leading academics in the field. Further details about the event here.

This 2-days event aimed to introduce recent developments in methods that seek to interfere in, rather than simply register, states of the world and their implications for research practice. Research methods are always on the move, and people experiment with modes of creating meaning and knowledge. Governmental institutions demand and develop new methods of data gathering and interpretation. Companies create similar demands for enhancing corporate information and knowledge and social movements for challenging ways of living. Yet, the critical issue is not simply an intensification of demands for new methods but also a reflection about what these methods are setting in motion.

Plenary and parallel working sessions were offered by leading academics at the Open University, University of Oxford and Brunel University.

The event was very successful in attracting over 60 PhD students from 15 UK universities, some European universities and a couple from further afield and delivering a unique programme of advanced research methods.

Speakers included: 

  • Professor Engin Isin, Professor of Citizenship, The Open University
  • Professor Elizabeth Silva, Professor of Sociology, The Open University
  • Professor Gillian Rose, Professor of Cultural Geography, The Open University
  • Professor Paul Stenner, Professor of Social Psychology, The Open University
  • Dr Stephanie Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University
  • Dr Umut Erel, Lecturer in Sociology, The Open University (with Ereni Kaptani)
  • Dr Thomas Thornton, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
  • Dr Asma Mustafa, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford
  • Dr Maan Barua, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Dr Wendy Martin, Programme Leader for MSc Public Health and Health Promotion, Brunel University
  • Dr Louise Mansfield, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director of BC-SHaW, College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University

The following videos are now available:

Dr Stephanie Taylor: Advancing discursive research

Professor Engin Isin: Acts as objects of research

Professor Gillian Rose: Where next for visual research methods?

Gillian's prezi presentation also available here.



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