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Postqualitative methodological approaches in research with children and young people

A one-day workshop exploring postqualitative methodological approaches in research with children and young people.

Pinsent Masons Room 1, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham.
Date and Time
Friday 6 March 2020
10:30am - 4:00pm

Postqualiative theorists challenge existing epistemological paradigms of scientific knowledge. In recognition of the material, the affectual and the nonhuman, they seek to move away from the privileging of discursive representation and the inherent humanism of conventional qualitative research. Instead, these approaches offer new ways to cope with issues of difference, becoming and more-than-human agencies; providing a radical challenge to what counts as method, data, analysis and dissemination. This workshop intends to explore these developments, particularly as they have been used in research with children and young people.

The day will be led by Dr Pauliina Rautio (Education, University of Oulu) and Dr Abigail Hackett (School of Childhood, Youth and Education, Manchester Metropolitan University). It will consist of two workshops involving a combination of presentations, discussions and practical 'doings' - co-constructed and participatory activities - utilizing the indoor and outdoor material environment of the MAC. These will draw on both Dr Pauliina Rautio's and Dr Abigail Hackett's research interests exploring issues of posthuman discourses and common world making with a creative and arts-based approach, alongside visual and sensory ethnographic methods for exploring young people’s interactions with place, bodies and materialities in non-formal learning and community spaces.

Key themes that will be addressed through out the day include:

  • Practical tools and methods in post-qualitative research
  • Approaches to analysis
  • How to manage collaborations and work within/in sectors outside academia
Panel Discussion

The day will conclude with a panel discussion inviting Pauliina, Abigail and Professor Peter Kraftl, to draw together the day and to discuss questions and comments from workshop participants.


If you wish to attend this workshop, please register via the online booking page.

This workshop is open to all doctoral students and early career researchers.

We have some travel bursaries available please contact Amy Walker ( for more information.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  

This event is supported by an ESRC Midlands Graduate School DTP Doctoral Event Grant.

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