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Seminar 6: Change and method

Seminar 6. Change and Method


Date: Friday 6 November 2015

Thank you to Leo Caves for the photos.

This is an ‘invite-only’ event to allow for focused discussion. We are doing an adapted version the 'world cafe seminar' format; play-doh, crayons, paper, markers, nibbles etc on the tables to keep us busy as we think and talk.

Table Hosts

DR. PIP BEVAN (Sociology, Independent Researcher)
Questions: How have you dealt with the materiality of what you are researching? In what ways might that materiality change over time? And which methods have you used to capture the changing materialities?

DR. ANNA WILSON (Education, Stirling)
Questions: Much of the complexity literature - and indeed discussions in this seminar series - highlight the importance of emergence, self-organisation and boundaries. How have you (or how might you) take these into account in your research, methodologically and/or conceptually?

DR. ANA TEIXEIRA DE MELO (Center for Social Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Coimbra)
Questions: How do you know when change is 'good enough' or a real 'phase shift'? How do you assess both the potential and limits of change in the objects of study?
Additional prompts: what does change mean to you in your research? How is change important to what you study? How do you think the study of change is best approached in your work? What key issues do you pay attention to when researching change?

DR. EMMA UPRICHARD (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick)

PROF. BRIAN CASTELLANI (Sociology, Kent State Univeristy)
Questions: In an ideal world, where time, money and expertise are no issue, what methods might you recommend using to study change? Likewise, in a data-driven world, what types of data and methods do you think best for studying change in complex systems?