“Breaking Methods” Video Series

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In June and July MethodSpace will focus on research-oriented careers including career purpose and goals, skills, as well as expected and unexpected transitions. Find the whole series of posts here.

In times of change, we need to rethink our approaches. What worked before is no longer relevant, and we find ourselves with the proverbial buggy whip in hand, wondering how we can use it to start a hybrid automobile.

Research and academic work of all kinds are at a juncture given the wide-ranging impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. We can’t ignore the fact that some approaches we’ve used to conduct research are not going to be possible for a year or more. Some questions we wanted to study seem meaningless. And yet, the problems and opportunities of this time call out for new knowledge. We can’t stop conducting research!

Digital sociologist extraordinaire Dr. Deborah Lupton suggests that we need to try new ways to conduct research, and in the process consider new methods. She is offering a series of videos to share some ground-breaking examples. She generously agreed to share this growing collection with MethodSpace readers.

Find an unfolding series of posts on research disruption here. Please note that the MethodSpace focus for September will be on Emerging Methods, so stay tuned for more resources, author interviews, a webinar, and more examples.

Breaking Methods

This series of short-format (10-20 minute) video recordings of webinars from the Vitalities Lab at UNSW Sydney offers overviews of ‘breaking’ methods. The word ‘breaking’ is used in this context to refer to methods that are new and creative – ‘breaking the mould’ in some way. The presentations take a pedagogical approach. Each webinar presents a case study. Using a ‘voice-over’ plus slides method, they give an account of a recent or current (work in progress) empirical research project. This format is designed for open access use for teaching and learning on new research methods.

Find more at the Vitalities Lab blog: https://vitalitieslab.com/

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