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Speaker Archive

Below is a record of seminars in CQ's (and, prior to 2009, QUIG's) speaker series.  Seminars since CQ's launch in 2009, for which a podcast or video recording is available, are also listed under speaker videos

The below list begins with the most recent seminar.

Seminars 2009 to Present:


'Dirty laundry' & 'false advertising' – Negotiating knowledge mobilization in community-based research (CBR)

Date: January 23, 2018
SpeakersDr. Izumi Sakamoto (University of Toronto) & Dr. Ronald Pitner (University of South Carolina)
Abstract: In community-based (participatory) research (CBR) multiple stakeholders are involved in making key decisions. Negotiating the multiplicities of voices comes with great challenges (and joy!).  In this presentation, we focus on the dilemmas that can emerge during knowledge mobilization.  Since every “community” is unique, there is no “one-size fits all” approach, and research teams must find their own way, based on their values, terms of reference, and specific circumstances. In our experience however, we have found that re-visiting CBR principles and learning about real-life examples in dealing with such dilemmas can help.  To that end, four themes (including “dirty laundry” and “false advertising”) will be explored using examples from our own CBR projects.  During the presentation participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences of similar challenges and how they sought to address them

Holding Firm: Power, Push-Back, and Opportunities in Navigating the Liminal Space of Critical Qualitative Health Research

Date: December 11, 2017
Speakers: Dr. Corinne Hart, Dr. Jennifer Poole, Dr. Marcia Facey, and Dr. Janet Parsons
Abstract: Critical qualitative health researchers typically occupy and navigate liminal academic spaces and statuses, with one foot planted in the arts and social sciences and the other in biomedical science. We are at once marginalized and empowered, and this liminality presents both challenges and opportunities. In this article, we draw on our experiences of being (often the lone) critical qualitative health scholars on thesis advisory committees and dissertation examinations, as well as our experiences of publishing and securing funding, to illuminate how power and knowledge relations create conditions that shape the nature of our roles. We share strategies we have developed for standing our theoretical and methodological ground. We discuss how we use the power of our liminality to hold firm, push back, and push forward, to ensure that critical qualitative research is not further relegated to the margins and its quality and integrity sustained.

Developing strategies for hire and promotion: A dialogue with Qualitative Health Researchers 

Date: November 24, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Fiona Webster, PhD, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Abstract: Under the leadership of Dr. Fiona Webster, a group of CQ fellows is developing a manifesto on the challenges faced by critical qualitative scholars in relation to hiring and promotion in academic, hospital and community-based research institutes. Based on a review of the literature and case studies documented over many years, a series of recommendations are proposed. The manifesto will have practical applications for those applying for jobs or being promoted in this field. CQ will disseminate the final version to health research leadership, in multiple settings, across Canada and internationally. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the current draft of the Manifesto and elicit feedback through a dialogical process.

From Hawthorne Effect to Participatory Reactivity in Observational Research

Date: October 16, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Elise Paradis, PhD, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Abstract: Observational research is often criticised for being prone to the Hawthorne Effect, defined as a research participant’s altered behaviour in response to being observed. In this article, we explore this concern by first reviewing the initial Hawthorne studies and the original formulation of the Hawthorne Effect, before turning to contemporary studies of the Hawthorne Effect in HPE and beyond. Second, using data from two observational studies, we investigate the Hawthorne Effect. Our research suggests that evidence of a Hawthorne Effect is scant. Moreover, the multiple and inconsistent uses of the Hawthorne Effect have left researchers without a coherent and helpful understanding of research participants’ responses to observation. Our own empirical research illustrates the complexity of observer effects, and suggests that significant alteration of behaviour is unlikely in many research contexts. We conclude by making recommendations for researchers, editors and reviewers.

Playing The Fool: An 'aesthetic of relationality' as a brave and vulnerable approach to performance-research

Date: September 27, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Julia Gray (2016-17 CQ Joan Eakin Award winner)
Abstract: Social and health researchers are increasingly turning to the arts, including performance, as ways to translate research findings into practice and policy.  The often assumed linear and neutral trajectory between findings and performance, termed “an aesthetic of objectivity,” overlooks the multiple people implicated in the performance process, including the researchers, original research participants, artist-researchers, and audience members.  In this presentation I offer a critical alternative - an aesthetic of relationality - as an aesthetic space within which the embodied interpretive work of artist-researchers is extended into spatial, relational contexts. Drawing examples from the research-informed play Cracked: new light on dementia (of which I am playwright/director), I consider the ways artist-researchers foolishly, or vulnerably-bravely, implicate their embodiment and imagination in relation to others, to engage in three interrelated modes of practice: playfully extending, foolish disrupting and inventive disrupting. 

Critical mixed methods research: Learning from experience

Date: May 15, 2017
Janet Parsons, PhD, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
Daniel Grace, PhD, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Andrea Daley, PhD, Faculty of Social Work, York University
Abstract: This panel will address the question of whether critical qualitative approaches are compatible with mixed methods approaches, from the perspective of three critical qualitative health researchers who also use mixed methods approaches in their work. Dr. Janet Parsons will open with some critical reflections on what it means to do mixed methods ‘well’, how difficult this is in practice (particularly in an applied health research setting) and how rarely mixed methods research fulfills its promise of transcending paradigmatic divides – particularly in light of social structural constraints on researchers. Dr. Daniel Grace will follow with an example from his mixed methods research in the area of sexual health, drawing particular attention to what mixed methods researchers can learn from the experiences of our research participants with the various data collection methods we utilize. Finally, Dr. Andrea Daley will describe the decisions and processes associated with a recent study about the home care experiences of sexual and gender minority people, highlighting the extent to which the paradigmatic assumptions underlying this mixed methods project align with the ethics of social justice promotion. Together, and in dialogue with the audience, we aim to elucidate both the challenges and the potential of mixed methods research as approached through a critical qualitative lens

Focus Groups or discussion groups: Providing insights into the experience of participants and researchers in health services research

Date: April 25, 2017 
SpeakerAzucena Pedraz-Marcos, RN, MSc, PhD, Sección Departamental de Enfermería, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Abstract: Focus groups have provided insights into a huge variety of research questions from different disciplines, being widely used in health services research. Focus groups are the technique that dominates the field in the English-written scientific literature, but there are different approaches to data collection in groups in terms of style of the moderator, presentation of questions/topics, and the way data are analysed (Barbour, 2007). In this presentation, I will briefly introduce a series of group techniques utilized in qualitative research to later focus on discussion groups, following Ibañez and the Madrid School of Social Theory. The discussion group is a qualitative technique that aims at reproducing in a micro-social scale what would be the macro-social situation, through the interaction of its participants in order to enable the generation of discourses/texts, which analyzed, identify and organize the social meaning of a specific field or theme (Pedraz, 2014). Based on my research about midwives´ experiences dealing with late stillbirth delivery, my presentation will address some of the features of planning and setting up discussion groups:  group composition, number and size of groups, sampling frames, decisions about the room, the moderator, the recording, transcribing and running group discussions.


Taking the long view: Theoretical, ethical and practical matters related to the sharing, archiving and secondary analysis of qualitative data

Date: April 19, 2017 
Catherine Dodds, University of Glasgow, UK  
Peter Keogh, Open University, UK 
Abstract: This talk will describe how (and why) a network of social scientists working on HIV in the UK shared and re-examined a diverse range of qualitative datasets. The work took place within the context of the re-purposing of anti-retroviral medications for HIV (ARVs) – from playing a key role in the treatment of HIV to having an increasing role in its prevention. We were interested in the social and biomedical landscape in which these chanes have taken place, and started out by reviewing and analysing a sample of transcripts from 15 qualitative UK studies undertaken across our research network with key populations at different phases of ARV implementation (1996-2013). This reanalysis of underused datasets enabled us to take the long view, while also unifying these datasets for the first time by applying common theoretical and methodological approaches.  While offering some insight into emergent thematic findings of the study, the talk will focus mainly on the processes and procedures used and developed for this project, reflecting on some of the challenges and benefits that they presented. We also will take time to discuss a range of theoretical, ethical and practical matters related to the sharing, re-use and archiving of qualitative data. 

*SEMINAR POSTPONED - Wednesday, March 22, 2017-  Developing strategies for hire and promotion: a dialogue with Qualitative Health Researchers 

SpeakerFiona Webster, PhD, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toront
Abstract: Under the leadership of Dr. Fiona Webster, a group of CQ fellows is developing a manifesto on the challenges faced by critical qualitative scholars in relation to hiring and promotion in academic, hospital and community-based research institutes. Based on a review of the literature and case studies documented over many years, a series of recommendations are proposed. The manifesto will have practical applications for those applying for jobs or being promoted in this field. CQ will disseminate the final version to health research leadership, in multiple settings, across Canada and internationally. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the current draft of the Manifesto and elicit feedback through a dialogical process.

‘Sleight of hand’ or ‘selling our soul’? Surviving as critical qualitative health researchers in a positivist world

Date: February 28, 2017
Alisa Grigorovich, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Pia Kontos, PhD, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network; Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Abstract: The commodification and corporatization of health research within the academy, research institutes, and professional and political sectors has ignited much attention and debate within the critical qualitative health field. Despite that we are seeing qualitative research more enthusiastically embraced in some places, the ascendance of practical/utility-based research with its emphasis on multi-methods and large team-based grants is increasingly making critical qualitative research more transgressive and difficult to practice. How do we survive in this arena? Does being politically strategic about the framing of our work necessitate ‘sleight of hand’? Are we ‘selling our soul to the devil’ by engaging in such strategies of concealment? We reflect on these questions by deconstructing a recent experience of ours collaborating with a large team of researchers. We offer interpretation of key events, interactions and processes (e.g. grant development, data collection, data analysis, publication), existential and material consequences, and discuss lessons learned and productive strategies for working at the margins of the health sciences.

The good, the bad and the ugly: Publishing critical qualitative health research in the health sciences and social work 

Date: December 7, 2016
Joan Eakin, PhD, Professor Emerita, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Eric Mykhalovskiy, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, York University
Rupaleem Bhuyan, Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Abstract: This panel will explore issues that currently shape the publication of critical qualitative health research articles. The three presenters will consider publishing from the perspective of authors, peer-reviewers, and editors. They will deliver short presentations which will be followed by a 45-minute debate with the audience to collectively discuss challenges and strategies for publishing in social work and health sciences.

Navigating the waters: Moving from field text to research text in Narrative Inquiry

Date: November 16, 2016 
Speaker: Louela Manankil-Rankin, RN, BScN, MA, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor with Nipissing University Scholar Practitioner Program
Abstract: Narrative Inquiry is a research methodology that explores the situated lives of people through reflection and reconstruction of experience, using stories as the foundational basis for such an understanding. While there are a variety of ways to analyze narratives, this presentation addresses the particularities in data analysis using Clandinin & Connelly’s (2000) Narrative Inquiry. Retelling the process of my inquiry of how nurses’ experience living their values amidst organizational change with a focus on the analytic and interpretive processes involved, I address my reflective movements throughout my research journey, highlighting my research process from field text to research text and making explicit how analysis and interpretation are reformulated through their different phases. The presentation includes a discussion of challenges I encounter using this approach - for example, how the three-dimensional inquiry space shifts in analytical position at different points in the inquiry process and how an inquirer embodies the experience of her co-participants in the analytic journey - and strategies I have employed to address these.

Creative Analytic Practices: Onto-epistemological attachments, uses, and constructions within Humanist Qualitative Inquiry

Date: October 26, 2016
Speaker: Lisbeth A. Berbary, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Abstract: Grounded in current shifts towards accessible knowledge translation, this seminar will follow my eight-point scaffolding for Humanist improvisational qualitative inquiry, beginning with theorizations of onto-epistemological attachments and ending with a discussion of the potential for creative analytic practices of representation. In particular, we will explore the current ontological shifts in qualitative inquiry, and consider how such shifts ignited the crisis of representation that enabled the use of creative genres such as screenplay, found poetry, and comics as accessible data representation. The presentation will conclude by reviewing my past and current feminist inquiries with American sorority women, drag kings, and bisexual women—each of which utilized creative representations to “do research differently” within traditional academic spaces.

Madness in the Methods: Mad Studies, Storytelling, and the Politics of Peer Inclusion

Date: September 26, 2016
Speaker: Jijian Voronka, PhD, SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, Newark; Recipient of CQ's 2015-16 Joan Eakin Award for Methodological Excellence in a Qualitative Doctoral Dissertation
Abstract: Storytelling as a means of relaying our experiences is one way that as peer researchers we are expected to perform our knowledge. Drawing on critical autoethnographic methods, by analyzing the act of sharing my own personal/political narrative I show how at once my speech both undercuts and replicates the ‘from tragedy to recovery’ storylines that currently organize metanarratives of mental illness. Raising questions on the limits of voice and hearing, representational authority and the commodification of abject identity and experience, I offer critical reflections for both researchers committed to participatory imperatives, as well those of us included into such projects. This session draws from a four-year national ethnographic study on how the inclusion of ‘people with lived experience’ within mental health research and service systems is governed. Relevant especially to those invested in community-based research and practice, I discuss how the emerging field of mad studies challenges dominant approaches to mental health/illness, and questions the terms of our engagement as marginalized bodies brought in to inform research.

Stolen story, reclaimed memories: The politics of digital-storytelling data analysis

Date: March 10, 2016
Speaker:  Manuela Ferrari, MHSc, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Abstract: Qualitative researchers gather stories to understand how people make sense of events and, more broadly, their lived experience. Analyzing stories is complex as they operate alongside other stories and are shaped by context and structural forces. This presentation is based on critical lessons gained through a knowledge dissemination project that examined access to care for people who experienced psychosis: Re-Tracing ACE Pathways to Care in First-Episode Psychosis. The Re-Tracing Project used digital storytelling, as knowledge dissemination method, to capture the complexity, barriers, and subjective experiences of the journeys to, and first encounters with care. Digital stories are three- to five-minute videos produced with a mix of voiceover, music, and images to convey first person narratives. The Re-Tracing digital storytelling workshops created a space where storytellers had the opportunity to unpack their own story as well as ‘talk back to’ dominant discourses of access to care and, broadly, “madness.” Workshop participants described the process of making their digital stories as “cathartic” as well as offered them ownership of their experiences and stories - not available in clinical or other settings. Reflecting on my experience as the digital storytelling workshop facilitator and qualitative researcher involved in the project, I will discuss two key aspects of this process: Telling a story and, listening to a story. Throughout the presentation I will discuss, confront, compete with, and resist the act of analyzing a story. I will argue that as the Re-Tracing Project gave participants an opportunity for self-expression and sharing their emotions, memories, and stories using an arts-based medium, it creates unique changes to traditional data analysis. 

How might ‘ecological thinking’ inspire and inform critical qualitative research and narrative methods?  

Date: January 29, 2016
Speaker: Andrea Doucet, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care; Professor, Department of Sociology, Brock University
Abstract: Across the past four decades, Canadian feminist philosopher and epistemologist Lorraine Code has slowly assembled a revitalized approach to knowledge making, which she calls “ecological thinking”. This approach aims to reconfigure theory and method; to guide “transformative, responsible, and responsive epistemic practices” (Code 2006); and, more broadly, is “about imagining, crafting, articulating, endeavoring to enact principles of ideal cohabitation” (Code 2006). The roots of ecological thinking are wide and deep; it draws insights from the work of Deleuze and Guattari, Latour, Bourdieu, Foucault, Castoriadis, Ricoeur, and Haraway, as well as from phenomenology, feminist philosophy, and feminist new materialism. On my reading, ecological thinking is topologically performative, ontologically relational, and non-representational. Yet it also embraces Code’s painstaking attention to epistemic injustices, the politics and particularities of testimony and narrative, and the care and advocacy required to materialize new knowledges and imaginaries. Moreover, Code attends to reconfiguring concepts that are central to qualitative and narrative research, including situated knowledges, reflexivity and diffraction, subjectivity, narratives, testimonies, and researcher responsibilities. My presentation is guided by rhizomatic mappings (Deleuze and Guattari 1987) and "diffractive" readings (Haraway 1997; Barad 2007, 2009) of Code’s work. At the heart of this mapping and reading is my overarching question: How might ecological thinking inspire and inform critical qualitative research and narrative methods? 

… Evangeline, Five Years Later: Outlining a methodology of a poetics of witness

Date: February 11, 2014
Speakers: Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Critical Disability Studies and School of Health Management and Policy, Faculty of Health, York University; Kim Jackson, Phd student, Environmental Studies, York University
Abstract: In a recently released report Toronto waiting lists for subsidized housing hit a record 24 years (Wellesley Institute). People across Canada continue to be “un-housed”, “under housed”, “unsafely housed”…Home, for these individuals is, in others words, a distant dream. The idea of home and homelessness, the domestic and un/domesticated, have been the landscape of my research for over a decade. In this presentation I will outline an emerging methodology that is primarily rooted in the arts and the “poetry of witness”. Much of the past poetry of witness records war, genocide, occupied territory, political imprisonment; my work extends the purview of the poetry of witness to include what I think of as the neglected ordinary of homelessness - as proximal encounters with ordinary violence and occasional sweetness that require a dedicated audience. To demonstrate the methodology I will use a series of poems, which have emerged via this arts-informed and critical practice enacted over the past five plus years through working with and alongside women who live in my neighbourhood - mes voisines. The poetic form presented is, I argue, not merely a representation but also an experience and evidence.

Opportunities and Challenges within a Collective Case Study - Integrating Multiple Perspectives on “Successful” Community Reintegration 

Date: March 18, 2014
Speaker: Michelle Nelson, PhD., Research Scientist, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation; Adjunct Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University. 
Abstract: Collecting data from related individuals through interviews is a common strategy in social research. While it may address criticisms about relying on single interviews to provide insight into group experiences, this strategy presents numerous methodological challenges… and opportunities. Using previous research - a collective case study designed to integrate multiple perspectives of a single individual’s experience returning to the community post stroke rehabilitation – several questions will be discussed: What are effective strategies to collecting multiple related perspectives on a single experience?  What are the benefits and difficulties in hearing these multiple perspectives?  Is a particular participant perspective central and therefore prioritized? How do researchers make sense of the similarities, differences and standpoints within the interviews?    How do researchers report the findings – including dissonant data within a case?

“It's your body but...”: Politicizing young women's personal narratives of  HPV vaccine decision making using critical narrative methodology

Date: January 23, 2013
Speakers: Jessica Polzer, Francesca Mancuso and Debbie Laliberte Rudman, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Abstract: The recent injection of voluntary Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination into Canada’s public health system provides a timely case study of how innovations in the management of risk for cancer produce particular gendered notions of responsibility for health. This presentation will focus on a recent pilot study which used critical narrative methodology to link young women’s personal stories of decision-making about HPV vaccination to broader discourses on the medicalization of women's bodies and women’s health risks. The presentation will highlight the role of critical narrative methods in the critique of individualized notions of health-related decision-making and argue for the importance of such methods for the examination of how emerging technologies, and the public health practices they inspire, are implicated in processes of self-formation in the contemporary context of the proliferation and marketing of risk-based biotechnologies in women’s health. The contribution of critical qualitative research methodologies to theoretical development will also be addressed, with a particular focus on gendering and complicating the "entrepreneurial subject" that is presumed and privileged by critical theories of health risk.

A spy in the house of healing: Challenges of doing critical qualitative research in clinical settings

Date: November 21, 2012
Speaker: Dr. Fiona Webster, Education Scientist/Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Abstract: Dr. Fiona Webster’s talk will draw upon her experiences of working as a critical ethnographer in health care settings in Ontario. Others have explored how qualitative research approaches are received within a field dominated by a biomedical science model and whether or not they are considered – by others – as a legitimate or credible form of science. This presentation will explore what it means to work closely with health care providers and patients in health care settings as a non-clinical researcher. It will also explore the designation of “scientist” and how this label serves to legitimize ethnography as a form of inquiry while at the same time undermining its ties to critical scholarship. As ethnography and other qualitative methods become increasingly popular in health care, the position of the researcher to her academic discipline and methodological foundations, as juxtaposed to her location within the health care setting, may continue to pose tensions in terms of authenticity, identity and ethics.
*Podcast not available

Body-map storytelling as research: Documenting physical, emotional and social health as a journey

Denise Gastaldo, Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing; Associate Director, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ)

Brokered Dialogue: A new research method for addressing controversial health and social issues

Jim Lavery, PhD, Centre for Research on Inner City Health and Centre for Global Health Research, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital and Joint Centre for Bioethics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.
Janet Parsons, PhD, Applied Health Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital and Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Qualitative analysis in gay men's health research:  Comparing thematic, critical discourse, and conversation analysis

Jeffrey Aguinaldo, PhD, Department of Sociology, Wilfred Laurier University

"Think with your senses, feel with your mind" –  A strategy for integrating and analyzing multisensory data in qualitative research

Paula Gardner, PhD, Research Scientist, the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation

Qualitative synthesis methods: A decision tree for aggregating, integrating and interpreting islands of knowledge

Michael Saini, Assistant Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Critical dramaturgy: A methodology for studying a psychoeducational support group for children of parents with mental illnesses

Brenda M. Gladstone, Ph.D., Researcher in the Community Health Systems Resource Group at SickKids and Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Attending to the ‘active properties’ of texts: Using municipal bylaws as an entry point into trans-biopolitics and the negotiation of urban space

Melanie Rock, Ph.D., University of Calgary; Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator in Societal and Cultural Dimensions of Health; Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions Population Health Investigator, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research

Synthesising social & discursive histories in qualitative research: methodological challenges

Krista Maxwell, SSHRC postdoctoral fellow, Department of Social Sciences, UTSC

Returning the gaze: ethical-methodological approaches in a study with persons with intellectual disabilities

Dr. Ann Fudge Schormans, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, McMaster University
Dr. Adrienne Chambon, Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Theatre as hermeneutic methodology: A case study of the use of theatre in bioethics research

Dr. Kate Rossiter, Assistant Professor, Health Studies, Wilfrid Laurier's Brantford Campus

Narrative analysis as a turn to theory and angles of vision

Brett Smith, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
*No slides or video are available for this seminar.

Texts in Their Social Contexts: Including Critical Discourse Analysis in Qualitative Research Projects

Dr. Catherine Schryer, Professor and Chair, School of Professional Communication, Ryerson University

Methodological Conventions in Transition - Shifting the Balance between Theorizing and Application

Dr. Sally Thorne, Professor and Director, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia and Associate Editor, Qualitative Health Research

Doing research reflexively: The case of disability research

Chrissie Rogers,PhD, Reader in Education and Director of Research Degrees in the Faculty of Education, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

UnMasking Power Relations: From Interview Research to Dialogue for Social Change

Blake Poland, Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Francisco Cavalcante Jr, Faculty of Education, Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil

Other ways of knowing: how does photovoice work?

Lilian Magalhaes, PhD, OT Reg.(Ont.), Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario

Can Qualitative Social Science Make it in the Health Research Field?

Mathieu Albert, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Scientist at the Wilson Centre

Not the real thing: Is telephone interviewing in qualitative research like phone sex?

Linda Rozmovits (DPhil), Toronto-based independent qualitative researcher specializing in health and social care

Arts-based approaches to knowledge translation in health research: Exploring theater and dance

Pia Kontos, PhD., Research Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto
Katherine Boydell, PhD., Sociologist and Scientist in Population Health Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Psychiatry and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Seminars 2009 and older


Meta-analysis and systematic reviews in qualitative research: Mission impossible?

Ellen MacEachen, PhD, Assistant Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and Scientist at Institute for Work and Health; Scott Reeves, PhD, Scientist at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital and the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Director of Research at the Centre for Faculty Development, St. Michael's Hospital and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

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Hearts, bodies and identity: Towards a critical visual phenomenology of heart transplantation

Jennifer Poole, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor,School of Social Work, Ryerson University; Oliver Mauthner, PhD(c), Clinical Research Associate,University Health Network, General Division, Department of Cardiology and Transplant; Enza De Luca, MN, Clinical Research Associate,University Health Network, General Division, Department of Cardiology and Transplant

PowerPoint Additional References (DOC)
PITH Publications (DOC)

Ethical reflexivity in community-based research: Unpacking the implications of engaging community members as co-researchers

Sarah Flicker, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Ontario HIV Treatment Network Scholar; Adrian Guta, MSW, Doctoral Student, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Brenda Roche, PhD, Director of Community-Based Research, Wellesley Institute


Conversation Analysis

Dr. John Heritage, Professor, Sociology, UCLA; Dr. Tanya Stivers, Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

The struggles of teaching and learning qualitative research

Ping-Chun Hsiung, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto; Carol-Anne Moulton, PhD student, IMS, and Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto - With comments from Jennifer Wong, MASc (Industrial and Applied Engineering); Joan Eakin, Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences.

Qualitative Secondary Analysis: Asking a ‘new’ question of ‘old’ data

Brenda M. Gladstone, PhD (candidate), Public Health Sciences and Research Manager, The Hospital for Sick Children; Tiziana Volpe, PhD (candidate), Institute of Medical Science and Research Manager, The Hospital for Sick Children


The Privileges and Pitfalls of Conducting Narrative Research: Deconstructing My Collaborative Storytelling Methodology

Dan Mahoney, PhD, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University


Doing Research on Aging When Nobody Is Old

Stephen Katz, Professor, Department of Sociology, Trent University
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What Actor-Network-Theory Taught Me About Narrative Analysis

Arthur Frank, FRSC, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary

Knowing, Knowing How, And Knowing How To Say: Transferring Knowledge Between The Academy And The Community

Speaker: Adrienne Chambon & Deborah Knott, Faculty of Social Work & Health Sciences and New College Writing Centres

Data Co-production and Analysis: The Example of Video Diaries

Barbara Gibson, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Community Health Systems Resource Group, Hospital for Sick Children


What’s there and what isn’t? Thinking about Texts, Truths, and Analysis

Pamela Moss, University of Victoria


In praise of methodological messiness: (re)claiming the hermeneutics of inquiry

Ann Robertson and Jessica Polzer, Department of Public Health Sciences

The Ethics of Qualitative Research: Negotiating the Nature of Closeness and the Closeness of Nature.

Elizabeth Peter, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Judith Friedland, Professor Emerita, past Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, and current member of the Health Sciences II Research Ethics Board and the Committee for Human Subjects in Research


Research Outreach in Qualitative Research

Denise Gastaldo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing; June Larkin, Associate Professor, OISE; Joan Eakin, Professor, Public Health Sciences; Blake Poland, Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
PowerPoint (Poetry)
PowerPoint (Theatre)
PowerPoint (Photovoice)
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Sharpening our Focus: Focus Groups and the Challenge and Potential of Qualitative Methods

Speaker: Dr. Rosaline S. Barbour, Chair of Health & Social Care, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Dundee

Where History Meets Qualitative Health Research

Speaker: Dr. Claire Hooker, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health
References (DOC)

Beyond the science fair: Exploring conventional constraints and representational possibilities of poster presentations

Anu MacIntosh-Murray, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, U of T; Brenda Gladstone, The Hospital for Sick Children & Department of Public Health Sciences; Esther Ignagni, Department of Public Health Sciences

Shifting subject positions: examining expertise and citizenship in relation to human genetics

Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh, Visiting Scholar, University of British Columbia

Methodology as cultural practice: dialoguing with the arts

Adrienne Chambon, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Pompous pedants, medical monsters and humane healers: Learning from the representations of physicians in opera and literature

Linda Hutcheon, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Michael Hutcheon, Respirology, Faculty of Medicine

How are things? Making a place for material objects in qualitative research

Kathryn Church, Independent researcher

Making a mess and spreading it around: Critical reflections on the process of creating and performing research-based drama

Ross Gray, Psychosocial and Behavioural Research Unit, Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre

Arts-informed research for public education: the Alzheimer project

Ardra Cole, Maura McIntyre, Department of Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto

The Status of Qualitative Research as Evidence

Ross Upshur, Director, Primary Care Research Unit Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre Assistant Professor, Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

The quality of qualitative research: A critique of criteria used in the health sciences and a proposal for reconceptualizing the bases of judgement

Joan Eakin, Public Health Sciences; Eric Mykhalovskiy, Public Health Sciences; Leslea Peirson, Public Health Sciences

Telling health insurance stories: Towards a dialogic social science

Tim Diamond, University of Michigan

In search of Gudrun Goodman, Reflections on doing history and memory

Lesley Biggs, University of Saskatchewan