An update from Denise Turner (Doctoral Researcher, Social Work) on a new Wiki for researchers. Focussed mainly (but not only!) on the fields of social work and education, the site provides access to archived twitter chats from the #eswphd hashtag, and hosts blogs from doctoral researchers and faculty.
eswphd.org.uk is shaping up to be a friendly and productive researcher community – do join in.
You may already be are aware of our weekly ‘Twitter chats’ using the hashtag #eswphd, and we now have a dedicated Webpage/Wiki which carries an archive of these weekly chats (in a nice orderly list – with headings! ) and includes the recent Sussex Library collaboration.
This facility was made possible by a collaboration of people who ‘met’ on Twitter & who have given their skill & time in building this for no financial reward – it is hosted by Jon Bolton’s company ‘Focus on Learning‘ and maintained by Sussex doctoral researcher Liz Thackray. Its a stunning example of group work and the efficacy of community building in social media.
Please do visit the site and see what it has to offer & encourage people to use it – you dont have to be in education or social work.
This event is supported by ESW Doctoral Pathway Activity Fund and has just 12 places left… To register – or for any questions or enquiries about this event – please email Denise Turner at D.M.Turner@sussex.ac.uk.
“My Relation to my Research”
Supported by the School of Education and Social Work’s ‘Pathway Development Fund for Knowledge and Society: Wellbeing, Health and Communities’
Friday 10th May 2013
9.30am – 3.45pm
Seminar Room 18, Essex House, University of Sussex
Keynote Speaker: Professor Wendy Hollway, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Open University
Wendy is an internationally renowned academic and co-author of the seminal work: ‘Doing Qualitative Research Differently‘, currently in its second edition (2013). Wendy’s academic work has spanned questions of identity change, gender relations, becoming mothers, the capacity to care, qualitative methodology and epistemology. A uniting theme in these areas is the development of a ‘psycho-social’ approach, that is one that does not reduce to exclusively sociological or psychological accounts of identity, experience and relationships. Wendy utilises psychoanalytic ontology and epistemology to inform her qualitative psycho-social research, substantively and methodologically, as exemplified in the ESRC-funded project which she led on women’s experience of becoming mothers and a subsequent fellowship, ‘Maternal Identities: Care and Intersubjectivity’. One example of her work on this project is in the article ‘Applying the “Experience-Near” Principle to Research: Psychoanalytically Informed Methods’ (2009), which has underpinned much of the planning for this one day conference and subsequent workshops.
Speakers and organisers:
Denise Turner & Claire Bennett – Associate Tutors / doctoral researchers, School of Education and Social Work
Purpose and background:
One of the core purposes of research is the generation of new knowledge. However, where topics are perceived as ‘sensitive’ or ‘emotionally challenging’ they may be sequestered in favour of more ‘tolerable’ alternatives, thus minimising the opportunity for fresh knowledge-creation (Cooper, 2009; Hollway, 2009; Cooper & Lousada, 2005). Whilst much research involves complex ethical and personal decision-making, feedback from doctoral students engaged with ‘experience’ or ‘practice-near’ research has identified additional pressures. These include feelings of isolation from their peers, difficulty with separating emotionally from their research, and a sense that supervision was not the appropriate forum to discuss this. Additionally, problems of presentation and dissemination were identified - where the topic of research had caused distress to audience members, thereby increasing feelings of isolation in the researcher.
The Tavistock Clinic adopts a supervision/research group model for supporting doctoral students involved in ‘experience’ or ‘practice-near’ research which mirrors the model described by Hollway (2009). Researchers areencouraged to support each other in mutual learning and ‘metabolising’ experiences in order to produce enhanced research.
This one-day conference draws on the Tavistock model and the work of Hollway (2009), Cooper (2009) and Campbell (2002) in supporting improved emotional health and wellbeing within the doctoral research community at the University of Sussex.
Following the conference, there will be an opportunity to join a peer supervision/research group facilitated by Denise Turner and Claire Bennett which will provide a confidential space for exploring ‘emotionality’ within research. Each group will have no more than 10 participants and will run on a monthly basis for an initial four sessions.
Themes of the day
- The continuing effects of dominant notions of objectivity on research practice
- Going beyond the binary objectivity-subjectivity
- Affect/emotion as an inalienable part of meaning-making
- Encouraging affective awareness plus supports for reflection
- What does being ‘too close’ to your research topic mean and what should you do if/when it applies to you?
- The cultivation of negative capability
- Noticing and recording researchers’ emotional responses in the field: reflective fieldnotes and prompts
- Structured opportunities to think the field encounter
- Panels and supervision (support of other minds)
- Ethics and com-passion
Attendance and registration
This event is open to faculty, doctoral students and any other interested parties at the University of Sussex. Participation/attendance is free, but places are strictly limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. For this reason we also ask that, if you register, you commit to attending.
To register – or for any questions or enquiries about this event – please email Denise Turner at D.M.Turner@sussex.ac.uk. If registering, please advise your name, position within the University and the School/Department to which you are affiliated. Please also advise any special dietary or access requirements if you have them.
Registration for the supervision/research groups is possible for doctoral researchers from any School/Department at Sussex who have completed, or are about to complete, their fieldwork and can commit to attending all four initial monthly sessions. Registration for these groups will be available on the day.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Today’s guest post is from Althea Rivas (doctoral researcher in International Development). This event is supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) fund, and is open to researchers of all career stages, in all schools and departments.
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS
Critical Debates With(in) Development: Power, Resilience and Change
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, BRIGHTON, UK
13 AND 14 JUNE 2013
THE CLOSING DATE FOR ABSTRACTS/ PANEL PROPOSALS IS 31 MARCH 2013
A CORDIAL INVITATION
The School of Global Studies, University of Sussex and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), with support from the Development Studies Association (DSA) would like to extend a warm invitation to all postgraduate students to submit proposals to our First Annual Postgraduate Development Studies Conference. The theme of the two-day inaugural conference to be held on 13th and 14th June 2013 is: Critical Debates With(in) Development: Power, Resilience and Change.
The aim of the conference is to share research that fosters original ideas, new narratives and alternative ways of thinking about the central concepts of Power, Resilience and Change within development. In the dominant development paradigm certain issues can be disregarded as peripheral and unimportant. Yet the potential of these issues to contribute to processes of knowledge production and transformative practice should not be overlooked. Questions we would like participants to consider include: How can we begin to critically explore the “silences” in development discourse and practice? How can we explore these issues which are still seen as “external” to the dominant development discourse and practice? What power relationships are revealed when we explore these issues? How can we reclaim these alternative spaces, topics and narratives? How can the potential of marginalised issues be harnessed to become revolutionary? What is resilience in the development context? What does ‘not coping’ look like? How can we begin understanding agency in ways that enable development to better serve its transformative potential?
We are interested in papers and proposed panels that explore this theme through theoretical and/or practical perspectives. Sub-Themes include but are not limited to:
- Reimagining Development: Theorising Development, The Changing Geography of Development
- Redefining Aid and Development Economics
- Methodology and Development Research: Reflexivity in Development Research
- State and Development
- Re-assessing Impact Measurement and Evaluation
- Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Alternative Modes of Scholarship and Communication: Knowledge and Power in Education and Pedagogy
- Religion, Faith-Based Organisations and Development
- Indigenous Politics/the Politics of ‘Indigeneity’ and Development
- The Environment and Natural Resources: The Politics of Water, Climate Change and Disasters
- Nutrition and Health
- Inter-generational Dynamics and Development
- Gender, Sexuality and Development
- Inequality, Identity and Development
- Movement of People, Migration of Ideas, Diasporas and Development
- Conflict, Violence, and Development
- Peacemaking Processes, Reconstruction and Resilience
We hope to encourage academic exchange between graduate students in different disciplines engaging with practical and/or theoretical debates in development. The conference casts a broad net and aims to bring together academic expertise not just from development studies but also from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, political science, anthropology, geography, economics, education, applied social science, public administration, management, law and other disciplines that are engaging with current debates in development.
Paper and Panel Submissions
We would like to invite students to make submissions on these and related themes in the form of paper presentations or pre-arranged panels. A prize will be awarded for the Best Conference Paper.
The deadline for submission is the 31 March 2013. Early submissions are recommended.
All paper submissions should include a short biography with contact information, institutional affiliation, position or year of study, and an abstract of no more than 250 – 300 words. We also welcome presentations in different forms, for example poster presentations, short documentaries and photo exhibitions.
Proposed panel submissions should include the above information for all members of the panel, a proposed theme and note explaining panel’s connection to the overall conference theme. Complete panels will be composed of 4 presenters. Panel proposals do not need to be for full panels. Proposals with two or three panellists will be considered. Efforts will then be made by the Conference Committee to complete the panels with paper proposals received from other applicants. Interdisciplinary panels are encouraged.
We strongly believe that our conference will provide an excellent opportunity to connect scholars across disciplines and for ideational creativity. We encourage you to attend, participate and engage.
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
by the 31 March 2013.
Registration for the conference will be £5.00.
The second day of the Conference will consist of a series of workshops on Fieldwork Methods and Research Ethics. Further information about the Workshop series, registration procedures will be sent out in due course.
Enquiries about the conference can be sent to email@example.com.
2013 Organizing Committee
Post Graduate Development Studies Conference
University of Sussex and IDS
The Tablet Symposium
University of Sussex
10th April 2013, 10am-6pm
Hosted by the Centre for Material Digital Culture
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – see website for details. This event is free to attend. When registering, please include your name, affiliation and dietary or any other requirements. Please register by Thursday 28th March to ensure your catering needs can be met.
The aim of the symposium is twofold. On the one hand it aims to examine questions about the take up of tablets, readers and ipads across many walks of life including academic, artistic, pedagogical, medical, corporate, activist and everyday contexts. On the other hand it aims to create a space of dialogue, discussion and research community across this area.
Please see the website for a list of contributors and abstracts: www.sussex.ac.uk/rcmdc/projects/tablet
Please email Ryan [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] with any queries, or to register. Many thanks,
Ryan Burns, Russell Pearce and Kate O’Riordan
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are pleased to advise that the next round of media training days have been announced. You can see all the dates and venues on the ESRC media training page at www.esrc.ac.uk/mediatraining. The dates and venues are as follows…
|24 April 2013||Cavendish Campus, Univ. of Westminster, London||25 April 2013||Sherlock Holmes Park Plaza Hotel, London|
|19 June 2013||The Rougemont by Thistle Hotel, Exeter||20 June 2013||The Rougemont by Thistle Hotel, Exeter|
|25 September 2013||The Portland by Thistle Hotel, Manchester||26 September 2013||The Portland by Thistle Hotel, Manchester|
|20 November 2013||ABode Glasgow Hotel||21 November 2013||ABode Glasgow Hotel|
The ESRC offers two levels of training…
Early career – Covers PhD and Postdoctoral students
Mid career – Covers researchers who are beyond their first five years as a researcher
Who can attend these courses?
ESRC training courses are available for social science researchers with preference given to ESRC-funded PhD students and researchers. Non-ESRC funded students and researchers can attend if spaces are available or will be placed on a reserve list – we may only give two weeks’ notice of available spaces.
How many people can attend each course?
Early career – maximum of 40 participants
Mid career – maximum of 10 participants
How much does each course cost?
The courses are offered free of charge, however the cost of getting to and from the venue is at your own expense.
How long does the course last?
Each course lasts one day – roughly 0900-17.00. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
What does the course involve?
We will send an agenda and directions to the venue with your course confirmation letter. For the senior and professorial fellows’ media training courses, the format of the day will vary depending on the group’s previous experience as stated in the registration forms.
How do I book?
You can find further details and the link to an online booking form at www.esrc.ac.uk/mediatraining.
If you have any questions regarding attending one of these events, then please don’t hesitate in contacting us.
ESRC Partnerships and Communications Directorate
Economic and Social Research Council
North Star Avenue
Swindon, SN2 1UJ
Tel: 01793 413116
Email – Charles.Clerck@esrc.ac.uk