Seminar Four: Methods Workshop: objects and images in research
With a focus on methodologies and methods, this was a workshop with interactive and participatory sessions, exploring innovative methods and methodological resources for examining the domestic, institutional and semi-institutional spaces that have been the subject of this seminar series. The day explored, in particular, the status of objects and images throughout the research process, to capture the emotions, intimacies and attachments at stake.
Participants worked with artists Susi Arnott and Crispin Hughes to make a visual and audio reflection on these images and objects.
Speakers included Dr Luke Dickens (OU), Melanie Lovatt (University of Sheffield), Carey Newsom (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Alison Clark (OU)
Speakers' abstracts or presentations are available on the left.
The day explored the following questions:
1. What research methods can capture shifting rationalities and subjectivities in sites of welfare and care, both in domestic contexts and different areas of public service delivery?
2. How can innovative methods involving visuality, materiality and embodiment help researchers and practitioners understand experiences in such spaces, including those of users at different stages of the life course?
3. What material objects and visual images might be highlighted, produced or co-produced during a research process, and what is their status within an overall analysis?
4. How might methods employed in domestic settings be used in service delivery settings and vice versa?
With thanks to Susi Arnott and Crispin Hughes for the audio recordings and images including images of Jenny Fisher, Carey Newson and Cat Rushmore shown above and to the following participants for permission to show their images on this site:
Annabelle Wilkins; Carey Newson; Robert Stephenson; Janet Underwood; Greg Salter; Melanie Lovatt; Katie Walsh; Gillian Almond; Cat Rushmore; Julia Mills; Adam Wood; Natalie Van Gaalen; Sheila Peace; Delyth Rees; Sarah Crafter; Alison Clark; Helen Lomax; Shailey Minocha and Ellie Jupp