‘Envisioning sociology’ is a series of discussion groups providing space to reflect on visual forms of exploring and investigating the social world. This encompasses a wide range of visual forms – including creative and documentary film, still photos, drawings – used in different ways and at different stages of the research process e.g. as empirical data, as an elicitation tool, for dissemination purposes, as part of a participatory research practice etc. In advance of each discussion, participants will be asked to view or watch a particular piece of work and the producer of this work will lead the discussion. The discussions will be informal and accompanied by refreshments. A full programme of events can be found here.
Session 1: Phil Mizen (University of Warwick), Working Children’s Lives in Pictures and Words, Thursday 18th November, 6.30-8pm, IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick.
Reading: P. Mizen and Y. Ofosu-Kusi (forthcoming 2010) ‘Unofficial truths and everyday insights: understanding voice in visual research with the children of Accra’s urban poor’, Visual Studies, 25: 3, December 2010.
Session 2: Alyssa Grossman (University of Manchester), In the Light of Memory, Wednesday 8th December, 6-7.30pm, IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick.
Session 3: Robert Beckford, (Writer, Presenter and Visiting Fellow, University of Warwick) Thursday 20th January 2011, 6.30-8pm, IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick.
Robin M. Jensen and Kimberly J. Vrudny, (2005) Visual Theology, Forming and Transforming the Community Through the Arts. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press. Section 2, Visual Theology and the Political.
Session 4: Eric Jensen (University of Warwick), Thursday, 17th February 6-7.30pm, IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick.
Images and reading:
Eric Jensen (2010) ‘Learning about animals, science and conservation: Large-scale survey-based evaluation of the educational impact of the ZSL London Zoo Formal Learning programme’, Full Report: Large Scale Pupil Survey.
Session 5: Alex Taylor (Film Director) Kids Might Fly, Thursday 3rd March 2011, 6.30-8pm, IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick.
Film: Kids Might Fly
NB: CHANGE OF DATE FOR LAST SESSION: POSTPONED UNTIL 28TH APRIL
Session 6: Hilary Pilkington (University of Warwick), Ethical dilemmas of using film as a research medium, Thursday 28th April 2011, 6.30-8pm, IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick (venue tbc).
Reading: Omel’chenko, E. ‘No right to remain silent? In search of equality in the field’, Garifzianova, A. ‘Research emotions: The view from the other side’ and Pilkington, H. ‘Does it have to end in tears? Reflexivity and team-based ethnography’ in H.Pilkington, E. Omel’chenko and A.Garifzianova (2010) Russia’s Skinheads: Exploring and Rethinking Subcultural Lives, Routledge, pp. 189-199, pp.200-210 and pp.211-224.