University of Tampere (Finland), May 23-24 2016
How can we develop new methodological approaches for registering and studying affect in empirical research? We invite abstracts for an international workshop on Affect and Methods, to be held at the University of Tampere, Finland, on May 23-24, 2016. The workshop includes open to public keynote lectures by Professor Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths) and Professor Patricia Ticineto Clough (CUNY), as well as a two-day workshop, where the participants’ papers will be commented on by the keynote speakers and their fellow participants.
We welcome contributions from scholars, PhD students included, who address affect in their empirical research. As intersecting inequalities are increasingly mediated affectively, we assume that the arrangements of gender and sexuality can be approached in novel ways by attuning them to affects. Albeit we encourage submissions from participants whose work stems from different theoretical and methodological backgrounds, the workshop is especially targeted at those working on feminist research or other scholars dealing with questions of power and inequality within cultural or social research.
There has been ongoing theoretical interest in the affects in social sciences and humanities with sophisticated outcomes. In recent years the interest has shifted to include empirical questions regarding affect and methods, which also coincides with the rise of post-qualitative approaches. The latter development has raised the question about whether affects can simply be integrated into the already established research methodologies, or whether profound rethinking is required, especially as the current qualitative methodologies mostly rely on language and sight without attuning them to alternative technologies of noticing and observing.
Hence the themes about developing and employing inventive and experimental methods for the study of affect that can be discussed in the workshop may include but are not limited to the following:
- How can we work with the notion of affect in a particular research process?
- How can we enrich our understanding of attuning, noticing, observing and registering non-verbalized signals of affect? How do they support, challenge or complicate the verbalized emotions?
- What does the study of affect require from the data, if we are to attune to affective dynamics or to access atmospheres, moods, and energies? How does such an approach shift the relations between affect and knowledge production?
- If one seeks to work with one’s empirical data without renewing post-positivist ideas of coding, verification and measurement, how can one address the questions of describing, interpreting, positioning, and naming affects?
- How can we examine the cultural and social shaping of affect? How can we analyze the affective dimension of gendered and sexualized power dynamics?
- How can we make use of affective intensities while conducting research, and how can we conceptualize the affective relationships between the researcher, the research, and/or the researched? How can we avoid relying on the idea of singular, autonomous subjects?
The maximum number of participants presenting their papers will be 12, and the auditing of the workshop is limited by registration only. Participation is free of charge, yet participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs as well as their meals.
The deadline for abstracts (max. 250 words) is February 15th, 2016. The decisions about acceptance are based on the abstracts and are due at the end of February. The accepted participants are expected to submit a work-in-progress paper of 10-12 pages by April 30, 2016. The papers should preferably present and analyze empirical data and address questions that are pertinent to affect and methods. Papers will be circulated among the participants, and all participants are expected to read both the work-in-progress-papers as well as the literature suggested by the keynotes. Please submit your abstract to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Tuula Juvonen (Academy Research Fellow): email@example.com or Dr. Marjo Kolehmainen (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow): firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is organized by an Academy of Finland funded research project “Just the Two of Us? Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships” led by Dr. Tuula Juvonen. More information is available at http://affective-inequalities.fi/en/
P.S. Please note that the project has started negotiations on publishing an edited volume “Affect and Inequalities in Intimate Relationships” (working title) with Routledge in 2018. The call for papers will be opened in spring 2016. We encourage prospective participants to also consider responding to that call.
Call for abstracts now open: The 28th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association, 11-13 August, 2016
Working group: Post-qualitative methodologies in social sciences
Organizers: Marjo Kolehmainen (University of Tampere, Finland) & Tuula Juvonen (University of Tampere, Finland)
Where, when and why are post-qualitative methodologies needed? What kind of consequences do they have for the processes of knowledge-making? The conventional qualitative research practices have been increasingly criticized for being normative or standardized in their approaches. What is the relevance of post-positivist models of knowledge production to social sciences?
Openings in post-qualitative methodologies pose new challenges to social sciences:
– How to approach networks or things that are multi-directional?
– How to apply categories on things that are fluid, or in the constant state of becoming?
– How to get the hold of the unknown and unanticipated and do justice to such complexities?
– How to find alternative ways of attuning, noticing, and registering the social as it happens?
We invite to our working group presentations by scholars who are searching for and applying alternative and creative ways of thinking about methodological understandings and research practices.
Deadline for submitting an abstract: 16 February 2016
Notification for accepted abstracts: 5 April 2016
The working group gathers at the 28th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association, “Knowledge-Making Practices and Sociology’s Global Challenge”, 11–13 August 2016, Helsinki. For more information, please visit: http://nsa2016.org/
This year once again Division D of AERA will offer an opportunity for graduate students to engage in mentoring with established professionals in the field of research (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods). The two-hour Mentoring Reception will involve discussions with mentors on different topics of interest to graduate students. This year’s topics include (but are not limited to): Getting your research funding; Dissertation Advice; Job Search (Academia, Research Firm, Industry, Government); Publishing and Getting Tenure; Quantitative Research (Measurement, Experimental Design, Policy Analysis); Qualitative Research (Methodology, Ethics, and Validity); Mixed Methodology; and much more! Our session is from 4-6pm on Saturday April 9 and includes food and drinks!! If you are a graduate student and member of Division D and interested in attending the reception, please send your Resume/CV and email address to the Mentoring Committee chair, Michael Gottfried (email@example.com) BEFORE 15 FEBRUARY 2016. Space is limited so sign up early!
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: 33 McLure Library
This free webinar training on using NVivo software for qualitative data analysis is provided by QSR International for their enterprise customers, including UA faculty, staff, and students. Interested persons may attend in McLure Library or register as individuals via the Office of Information Technology website: NVivo Training Webinar.
Contact Info: Melissa Green, firstname.lastname@example.org, 205-348-3423
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