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Upcoming Speakers

"Voice Lessons: Dis/Articulating ‘voice’ and the value of unpacking concepts in qualitative inquiry" 

Date: March 28, 2018
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: HS 208
Speaker: Dr. Gail Teachman, Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University 
What makes a good interview and who is the ideal interview subject? How do normative understandings of ‘voice’ mediate research results and impact? Can researchers ‘give voice’ to participants?
Research that involves eliciting and analyzing participant accounts is often reliant on idealized conceptions of voice as the singular possession of an autonomous individual. This framing grants authority to some accounts while raising concerns about the authenticity of others. It also has the effect of privileging ‘voices’ produced through putatively ‘normal’ speech.  In this presentation, I discuss these issues in the context of a study about inclusion with young people who have little or no speech. I share the unexpected challenges I encountered as I realized it was necessary to disarticulate, or disrupt, the logics underpinning conceptions of voice in qualitative inquiry. Drawing examples from the study and subsequent application in other areas, I demonstrate the value added through the critical dialogical methodology that resulted from this theorizing. In conclusion, I suggest the implications of this work for interview-based research generally, highlighting the dialogical relation that is all our communication. 

"The bits on the cutting room floor: Erasures and denials within the qualitative research trajectory"

Date: April 4, 2018
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: TBD
Speaker: Dr. Leeat Granek, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Dr. Leeat Granek is an assistant professor and the head of the Gerontology and Sociology of Health Programs in the Department of Public Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  She is a critical health psychologist who studies grief and loss, cancer patients, their families, and their professional caregivers. Recent Awards include the Sigmund Koch Early Career Award for Contribution to the Field of Psychology and the award for Research Excellence from the Israeli Society for Psycho-Oncology.
While positivistic researchers follow the objectivity model where affect and relationships are seen as contaminating variables that should be controlled, qualitative researchers value emotion and relationships as central to both the purpose of the research and the conduct of it. How we embody these values in our work is by using a rigorous set of methodological guidelines that include memoing, reflexivity and explicitly acknowledging emotion and relationships in our reports. Despite these guidelines, however, many qualitative researchers also engage in erasures of our research processes. In this presentation, I discuss erasures at three levels – ‘off the record’, ‘off the books’ and ‘off the charts’ and conclude with suggestions about where and why these erasures occur. 

“Perspectives from new arts-based scholars on methodological innovation”

Date: April 25, 2018
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: HS 208
Debra Kriger - Malleable Methodologies: Sculpting and Life-lining in Health Research
Sculpting and life-lining (a particular kind of collage) are ways to achieve embodied, creative, imaginative and absurd ways of knowing. I used these malleable methods to understand how people make sense of the concept of ‘risk’ in health, and will present here on (a) their usefulness in researching complex ‘things’ and (b) the capacity of imagination as a tenet for critical qualitative health research. How does Dolly Parton relate to Jean-Paul Sartre? Come find out through this exploration of creating 'things' in critical qualitative health research.
Gerardo Betancourt - Hand Mapping: A critical visual methodology for eliciting life events and health trajectories with marginalized communities
Advancing the work conducted by Gastaldo et al (2012) on "Body Mapping", Hand Mapping takes the theoretical stance of visual participatory methodologies, and brings up a more defined mapping opportunity for voicing the narration of individuals life events, and life health trajectories. Hand Mapping uses the lines on the hand as a metaphor of a time line, and uses the fingers for analyzing five branches of topics (e.g., health issues, health literacy, lived experiences related to care). Hand Mapping constitutes an affordable qualitative methodology and an innovative way of investigating narratives' visual representation, and KTE activities.
Clara Juando - Drawing as reflexive interpretive practice
In my research with young mothers living in the margins, I’ve used drawing and sketching as a way to connect with young people, to elicit their experiences, to soften the aggressiveness of doing research with vulnerable populations, and to open a third space in which re-imagining the future and re-creating the present and past is possible. But incorporating drawing in my research practice is what has changed my ability to analyze and co-construct knowledge.  Join us in this session to hear how you can draw to ‘see what you can’t see’.