Introducing the Get Creative Webinar Panel: Melissa Nolas

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MethodSpace will host a webinar on July 18 at 10 am EDT, 8 am PDT, or at the time in your zone.  Get Creative! Research with Pictures & Stories will feature a lively virtual panel discussion with Melissa Nolas, Helen Kara, and me. Read the series of MethodSpace posts on arts-based, visual, and creative methods.

I am always on the lookout for people who are doing interesting things with research. I found Melissa Nolas’ work when I was looking for examples to include in the Research for Social Good MethodSpace focus, and was instantly intrigued.

Melissa Nolas
Dr. Melissa Nolas

She contributed a thought-provoking post , On Not Knowing as Insight for Research on Social Change. She described the Connectors Study, a multimodal ethnographic study funded by the European Research Council.

Making connections, Tirupati, June 2018
Making connections,
Tirupati, June 2018

This ongoing study explores the relationship between childhood and public life with younger children (aged 6-8 years) in three cities (Athens, Hyderabad, London). 

In the process of learning about her multimodal ethnographic research, I discovered that Melissa collaborated with Christos Varvantakis to start a scholarly journal dedicated to these approaches. I implored her to share that experience with MethodSpace too. In Adventures in Setting up a New Journal the co-editors discussed their efforts to establish entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography.

I am thrilled that she will be a panelist for the upcoming webinar, where she will share an example of creative multimodal methods utilized in the Childhood Publics study. Join us and learn more about these truly creative approaches for studying sensitive topics with young participants.

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