BISR Methods Lunch: Spaces Between Visibility and Invisibility: Employing Creative Methods of Re-Visualisation to Enable Ethical yet Influential Impacts

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    Dawn Mannay
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    Starts19 April 2016 – 12:30
    Finishes19 April 2016 – 14:00
    VenueRoom 120, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck University of London, WC1H 0PD
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    Free entry; booking required

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    BISR Methods Lunch: Spaces Between Visibility and Invisibility: Employing Creative Methods of Re-Visualisation to Enable Ethical yet Influential Impacts

    Speaker: Dr Dawn Mannay, Cardiff University 
    Chair: Dr Melissa Butcher, Birkbeck, University of London

    Free event open to all: Book your place

    Contemporary social science research is often concerned to engage with and promote particular forms of innovative data production, such as photo-elicitation, collaging, film or drawing. These visual artefacts can elicit new conversations, fight familiarity and enable a more nuanced account of participants’ lives. Participants can also reclaim acceptable identities, and tell new stories, through creative methodologies and visual participatory productions. However, there are ethical tensions between ‘giving voice’ and maintaining confidentiality in relation to digital landscapes, occularcentric cultures, open access and time immemorial. Centralising the space between visibility and invisibility, the paper discusses how visual exposure can be both a tool of empowerment and a vehicle of disempowerment.  Presenting examples of graphic art, poetry, film and music videos the paper considers how re-visualising research findings can contribute to ethical and impactful forms of dissemination.

    Dawn Mannay is a Lecturer in Social Science (Psychology) at Cardiff University and also held the posts of Associate Lecturer at the Open University and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Newport; as well acting as a Trustee for the Women Making a Difference Program. Her research interests revolve around class, education, gender, geography, generation, national identity, violence and inequality; and she employs participatory, visual, creative and narrative methods in her work with communities. Dawn is currently the Principal Investigator on a Welsh Government funded project exploring the educational experiences and aspirations of looked after children in Wales. She is also the co-convener of the British Sociological Association’s Visual Sociology Study Group and she has facilitated a number of international workshops on the use of visual and creative methods.

    Relevant Publications:

    • Mannay, D. ed. 2016. (forthcoming) Our Changing Land: Revisiting Gender, Class and Identity in Contemporary Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
    • Mannay, D. 2016. Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods: Application, Reflection and Ethics. London: Routledge.
    • Mannay, D. and Morgan, M. 2015. Doing Ethnography or Applying a Qualitative Technique?: Reflections From the ‘Waiting Field’. Qualitative Research 15(2): 166–182.
    • Mannay, D. 2013. ‘Who put that on there … why why why?’ Power Games and Participatory Techniques of Visual Data Production. Visual Studies 28(2): 136-146

    ‘Methods Lunch’ is a series of lunchtime seminars, designed to interrupt your day with some methodological food for thought… Come along and hear about exciting new developments in social research methods and methodologies and bring your lunch!.

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