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31st July 2009 at 12:56 pm #5804
Same as Sarah, 26th and 27th are better for me. To be honest, the 27th would be best, as I might not have access to a computer on the 26th…
Best wishes to all,
Alex11th July 2009 at 11:35 pm #5880
You might find discussions in this group informative: http://www.methodspace.com/group/qualitativeinquiry
Best wishes, Alex4th July 2009 at 8:55 pm #5976
Announcing the publication of the second Auto/Biography Yearbook (formerly
Auto/Biography, a journal of the British Sociological Association).
Auto/Biography Yearbook 2 (2008). Ed. Andrew C. Sparkes. Journal of the
British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Study Group.
Table of Contents
Tamboukou, Maria. “Visual silences, nomadic narratives.” 1?20.
Shows how the letters and paintings of early twentieth-century expatriate
Welsh artist Gwen Johns create a narrative plane where silences, nomadic
narratives, and visual forces create lines of communication among solitudes.
Sclater, Shelley Day. “The Shoes.” 21?34.
Uses an autobiographical account of a childhood memory of shoe shopping to
raise issues relating to the “autobiographical imagination,” “truth” and
“fiction” in life writing, and the ethics of autobiography.
Morgan, David H. J. “The Gentle Art of Name-Dropping: Acquaintanceship and
the Auto/biographical Self.” 35?49.
Explores the everyday practice of “name-dropping” as part of a set of
activities associated with acquaintanceship that plays a small but
significant part in the construction of an auto/biographical self.
Van Someren, Janine. “White Ladies: The Dressing of Elite Amateur Players
at Wimbledon (1884?1968).” 50?68.
Based on life story interviews and published biographies, argues that women
tennis players balanced their athletic identity and changing societal
expectations through their choice of dress.
Abbott, Josie. “‘Someone else’s child’: A personal view of adoption.” 69?89.
Focuses on secrets, gaps, and absences in life narratives of participants
in the adoption process, in the context of changing attitudes over the past
Phoenix, Cassandra. “Auto-Photography in Auto-biographical Research:
Exploring the Life of a Mature Bodybuilder.” 90?107.
Uses the case study of a seventy-three year old male natural bodybuilder to
show the potential of auto-photography in autobiographical research, while
adding to our limited understanding of older people involved in competitive
Jackson, David. “Older men’s embodied selves: Rethinking relationships of
Life stories collected in a three year study exploring older men’s lived
and embodied experiences are analyzed in terms of three discourses of aging
in action: biomedical, positive aging, and an alternative discourse of
creative discontinuities and disruptions.
Rivera-Fuentes, Consuelo. “Mosaics of memory: Ellipses and gaps in life
narratives of torture.” 127?37.
Argues that fragmentations and incoherencies in her auto/biographical
writing about her torture as an activist opposing the Chilean dictatorship
in the 1980s reflect the experiences of bodily fragmentation and memory
suppression that torture entails.
Levine-Rasky, Cynthia. “Beginning with Bourdieu: Reflections on Cultural
Capital, Whiteness, and Jewish Identity.” 138?54.
Expands on Bourdieu’s idea of cultural capital to narrate her identity from
the different positions within the intersections of class, whiteness, and
Coogan, Tom. “Still Me or ‘new life’?: Disability narratives in the
life-writing of Christopher Reeve.” 155?70.
Attributes the changes in Reeve’s understanding and writing of his
disability in Still Me (1998) and Nothing Is Impossible (2002), to the
displacement of culturally acquired assumptions about disability by his own
lived experience of it.
Biddulph, Max. “Stolen Intimacies: (Auto)narratives of *MSM, HIV, Spaces
and Sexualities *men who have sex with men.” 171?93.
Performance ethnography delivered via a series of (auto)narratives about a
sense-making activity in the “project of the self” of an MSM in midlife.
Byrne, Jenny. “A conflictual episode in tranquil academia: Recounting a
loss of self in morally destitute circumstances?Carole’s story.” 194?208.
Creative non-fiction narrative of an academic working within a situation
characterized by tension, conflict, and mistrust reveals consequences of
the intersection of fundamentally different understandings of working
communities and a lack of any community morality.
* * *
From 2008, the Auto/Biography Study Group has been publishing an annual
Auto/Biography Yearbook. This is a high quality hardback of 75K words
containing some of the best articles in the area of auto/biography produced
the previous year. The Auto/Biography Yearbook is edited by Andrew
Sparkes. All submissions are peer reviewed. Articles for consideration
for the Yearbook should be sent to Professor Andrew Sparkes, School of
Sport Sciences, University of Exeter, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU, UK.
A.C.Sparkes@ex.ac.uk17th June 2009 at 1:28 pm #5921
Thank you for this, Paul. Hopefully in time we can match this report with similar information from other parts of the world as well. Alex15th June 2009 at 2:50 pm #5956
That’s fine Mithu, I’m ready.15th June 2009 at 1:32 pm #5977
Glasgow’s War and the Challenge to Masculinity in the Reserved Occupations
The Scottish Oral History Centre (Department of History, University of
Strathclyde) and Glasgow Museums have secured an AHRC Collaborative
Doctoral Award for the project ‘Glasgow’s War and the Challenge to
Masculinity in the Reserved Occupations, 1939-1945: Recovering Gender
Identities in Oral Narratives and Public History’
More information and application details are available at:
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobs/KH596/AHRC_PhD_Studentship/r29th May 2009 at 3:09 pm #5959
Hi Mithu and Sarah,
Sounds like an excellent idea!
I would be happy to help, but I am not sure of my time commitments. I am leaving for Romania tonight and coming back in two weeks’ time, then I’m off to more field work… I will be working for Methodspace in the meanwhile, but am not sure how good I would be with deadlines during this time!
I do have some very good feedback especially from one person, who has actually emailed me again last week saying thank you to methodspace, so if you wanted to use that, I could ask her if we could quote her.
Please let me know how else I can be of help,
Alex28th May 2009 at 7:17 pm #6050
Other events which may be of interest and coming up are:
Researching cultural work and creative biographies:
This half-day workshop will begin with presentations from three researchers
who make different use of biographical materials: Linda Sandino (Camberwell
College of Arts/ V&A), Maria Tamboukou (UEL) and Stephanie Taylor (Open
University). They will describe their empirical work in this broad area,
focussing on the data collection and analytic approach, the premises and
broad purpose of the research and empirical issues which it raises.
(see EVENTS for full details)
Also the University of Sussex is hosting SUMMER SEMINARS:
SUMMER TERM 2009
Unless specified, all seminars for the Summer Term 2009 are at the
University of Sussex, Tuesdays 12.30-1.55pm, in the Russell Building, Room
12. (Wheelchair accessible)
Date: 2 June 2009
Speaker: Lizzie Thynne, Media Studies, University of Sussex
Title: ‘The art of the biopic’
Lizzie Thynne will talk about the art of the biopic, drawing on her
experiences of writing and directing a film about the life of surrealist
artist Claude Cahun.
Date: 16 June 2009
Speaker: Jane Speedy, Centre for Narrative and Transformative Learning,
University of Bristol
Title: ‘The poetic re-representation of life stories’
Jane Speedy will discuss the work of the Centre for Narrative and
Transformative Learning and using poetry to capture research participants’
personal narratives in therapeutic contexts.
The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research was launched in June
1999. It offers a regular lunchtime seminar series which began years ago as
the Life History Research Network. For further information about the
seminars, email S.J.Carroll@sussex.ac.uk or M.Jolly@sussex.ac.uk. To be put
on the CENTRE FOR LIFE HISTORY & LIFE WRITING RESEARCH mailing list, write
to Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, Centre for Continuing
Education, Sussex Institute, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QQ or
telephone 01273 873585.10th May 2009 at 5:48 pm #6186
A while back I attended a workshop where one of the presentations was on young people in care and links with the criminal justice system. The talk was fascinating and I remember the speaker had done some research using letters from prisoners. I do not remember the details of the research, but the speaker was Dr Claire Fitzpatrick from Lancaster University. Hope this helps,
Alex1st May 2009 at 2:02 pm #6373
That sounds great, Sarah.
We got the same response from Kirsty Johnson (ESRC), who will be posting information on ESRC events.23rd April 2009 at 10:37 am #6375
I emailed Kirsty Johnson, head of Knowledge Transfer at the Economic and Social Research Council, asking her to post details on training that ESRC are organising in this area but also hoping that she might bring a contribution to the Knowledge Transfer group debates.22nd April 2009 at 3:17 pm #6307
Hi all, Looking forward to tomorrow,
Just a quick note to say that I have to leave the house at 5pm sharp (one hour later from the start of the call), so I appologise if I will be a bit noisy locking the door etc around that time.
Alex3rd April 2009 at 12:26 pm #6378
I’ve sent out invitations to:
CUPP (Community Partnership Programme – University of Brighton
Homeless Link – organisation co-ordinating research on homeless people and Homeless Link Research Forum
Research Ethics and Vulnerability forum
Alex31st March 2009 at 8:15 am #6316
Thanks Mithu, hi all,
For me the 23rd is best, although I could also try to make the 24th, but I would not be able to be by a computer then.
Alex19th March 2009 at 11:17 am #6361
Thanks for this. I have a last minute request, sorry to ask so late. I am going to a three day course/event next week (it is featured on this site, the Research ethics and vulnerability) and I was wondering how I could use this opportunity for methodspace. Are there any flyers that I could make use of that you could email me? Unfortunately it is quite late in the day, as the course starts Monday next week. I’ll do my best to enthuse people either way.