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Multimodality: Beyond the interview: walking, hearing and picturing social worlds
Domain: A1 Knowledge base

This is a two-day workshop for a small group of participants who are interested in using multiple methods in their research designs. It is primarily hands-on work, to introduce you to doing research differently. We will also explore ‘The Politics of Method’, such as tensions between ethnography and multimodality, different technologies, and the aesthetics of ‘data’.

Course Content & Aims:

On Day 1, the convenors will give brief presentations on methodological approaches, followed by group discussion over tea and coffee. The first session will work on how we use our bodies and senses as research technologies, through film, sound, drawing, making models, and collages of found objects. After a presentation on ‘Sound, Writing and Vision’, we will break for lunch, followed by a session of ‘Walking Meditation’. Participants will then form multimedia research groups and spend the afternoon doing fieldwork in nearby Gorsedd Gardens. Each group of four will practise using film, photography, audio-recording, field notes and art. We will meet back at the venue for refreshments, and discuss our experiences in the field.

On Day 2, we will begin with a short presentation about how we might use ‘data’ in analysis and representation. The convenors will work with you to analyse the research materials. After lunch, each group will produce and present their interpretations - for example: multimedia presentation, blog, scrap book, poster, an exhibition or installation. We will end by thinking about the politics of representation, and how conventional academic outputs produce particular forms of knowledge.

This is a multi part workshop comprising of 2 parts