Methodological Innovations in the time of Covid

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The deadline for the call for papers is Monday 26 April.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers are welcome. Along with an open stream we particularly welcome papers that address the following methodological approaches and concerns: 

  • Arts-based and creative approaches 
  • Auto/Biography and auto-ethnography
  • Collaborative and participatory research 
  • Single, mixed and multi-methodological approaches
  • Interdisciplinary working
  • Cooperation and conflict
  • Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Lockdown
  • Isolation, solitude, connections
  • Covid kindnesses and cruelties.

Abstracts for panel papers (a minimum of three papers) will also be considered.

We welcome contributions from academic, practitioner and postgraduate communities.

To present a paper please submit an abstract (200 words) and biography (50 words) by the deadline using the SurveyMonkey form:

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The Methodological Innovations (MI) Research Group at the University of Plymouth are hosting a one-day conference exploring some of the methodological issues that have influenced our research approaches and practices during the pandemic. 

The MI Research Group is focused on supporting and improving the understanding and application of contemporary approaches to the research of the social world. We draw upon techniques/methods used across the health and medical professionals, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and our membership has extensive discipline specific and inter-disciplinary researchers. 

For a number of years members of the MI group have organised a Methodological Innovations Conference. This conference offers a unique opportunity to debate current and future issues of methodological relevance, with delegates drawn from different disciplines and professional areas.

The call for papers is now open (deadline - Monday 26 April). See the above link for further details.

This conference is free to attend, but booking is essential via the booking link above.

The keynote speakers for the day are Professor Kitrina Douglas (University of West London) and Professor David Carless (University of the West of Scotland).

Title: "Now I need a sanctuary, and you to stand beside me”: Songs and stories of inequity

Abstract: Inequity can be defined as lack of fairness or justice. Health, illness and healthcare systems are, on this basis, areas of human experience rife with inequities in many forms. Sociocultural, political, economic, geographical and ideological inequity may come to bear on an individual, shaping her or his life horizons on a day-to-day basis. In this performance-presentation, we draw on narrative research we have conducted across a number of related contexts to consider the effects of all this at the individual level. We use arts-based methods such as storytelling and song writing to evoke the conditions that can impose on an individual as well as communal responses to care/advocate for those who need our support.

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Keynote speakers

Professor David Carless

David Carless is a researcher, writer and musician immersed in interdisciplinary projects across social science, health and education using narrative, songwriting, filmmaking and live performance approaches. His multimedia collaborations with Kitrina Douglas are available online on YouTube ("Qualitative Conservations" research series) and have been published as journal articles and book chapters. 

David is currently a Reader in Physical Activity and Health at the University of the West of Scotland and a Visiting Research Professor in the Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Kitrina Douglas

Kitrina Douglas is a video/ethnographer/director, storyteller, musician and narrative scholar/researcher whose research spans the arts, humanities and social sciences. Along with David Carless she has carried out research for organisations including the Department of Health, Addiction Recovery Agency, Royal British Legion, Women’s Sports Foundation, UK Sport, local authority and NHS primary mental healthcare trusts. Research is communicated outside of traditional academic reporting channels and published as films, documentaries and musical theatre alongside written peer reviewed publications, magazine articles, online publications and books. 

Kitrina has a contract at Leeds Beckett University, is a Professor of Narrative and Performance at the University of West London and a Visiting Professor at the University of Coimbra. She is Director of the, and with David produces the online qualitative research series “Qualitative Conversations”.

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