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Dr. Linda Knight – Exploring methodological possibilities: when research questions demand innovation – 19th June

Biosocial Research Lab

The recently formed Biosocial Research Lab in the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is organising a series of monthly seminars that will run through the end of the year. The Lab aims to support innovative, creative, ethical, and experimental research collaborations and dialogues across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, with a shared focus on the biosocial dimensions of learning and behaviour. In pursuing these aims, the seminar series is designed to offer participants an opportunity to engage with current concepts, issues, technologies, practices and findings in the emerging field of biosocial research. We also see this as an opportunity to forge collaborative relationships with scholars and practitioners working in diverse fields across the arts, humanities, and sciences. Please find details of the second Biosocial Research Seminar below:

Exploring methodological possibilities: when research questions demand innovation
Dr. Linda Knight, Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Education
Monday 19 June, 12:00 – 13:30
Biosocial Research Lab​ – Brooks building – room 252 
Abstract: My research investigates movement, affect, and power and involves the production of drawings in some way.

My key projects have looked at hybridity in the monster drawings of a young child, and producing a graphic novel about a young refugee child to experiment with postqualitative and speculative methodologies. My current work continues to wrestle with speculative theories and also new materialism to rethink urban sites. I examine cities as material clusters and as sites where we can begin to think about the world through a speculative ethics. I produce inefficient mappings of human and inhuman play sites that attend to city ‘senses’ in order to read the urban site differently and to wonder about futures.

I do not stick with a particular method for using drawings, and my work is not really about studying drawings, I am interested in setting myself difficult methodological tasks that my research questions seem to require. As someone who draws I see how drawing as a mode of thinking and theorising can be highly appropriate in projects that are wrestling with new theories and questions.

In this presentation I will share and perhaps provoke some ways of thinking about methodological possibilities that might assist how research matters during a time of global and ethical uncertainty.

Please contact David Rousell d.rousell@mmu.ac.uk with any questions about the seminars, and to register your interest in attending.

Faculty of Education