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WRDTC Advanced Training Series 2016 – Visual research methods: Comics

Date - Thursday, 5th November 2015 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm)


Focus Sheffield presents Research through and with Comics

One day training course for PhD students

  • How can comics be used in research?
  • How can they be used to communicate findings?
  • How can we think through comics?
  • What methods can be used to research comics?
  • There will be a strong practical element throughout the day: everyone will make comics.

Thursday 5th November 2015, ICOSS Conference Room

9.30 Registration

10.00 Introduction and first comics exercise, Richard Finn (University of Sheffield)

10.15 Approach one: reflexivity and critical theory, Seminar discussion of Al-Jawad, M. (2013) ‘Comics are Research: Graphic Narratives as a New Way of Seeing Clinical Practice’. MJC.

10.45 Second comics exercise, Matt Cheeseman (University of Sheffield)

11.00 Approach two: literary criticism, Dr. Alex Broadhead (University of Liverpool)

11.45 Third comics exercise, Richard Finn

12.00 Approach three: applied comics in research, Matt Cheeseman, drawing on methodologies from Phoenix, critiquing Graphic Medicine.

12.45 Lunch

1.30 Fourth comics exercise, Matt Cheeseman,

1.45 Approach four: focus groups and close reading, Richard Finn discussing his research and then leading focus groups.

2.45 Approach five: public communication— appliedcomicsetc.com

3.30 Fifth comics exercise / Approach six: do it yourself, Richard Finn, Matt Cheeseman & others.

4.30 Close

Dylan Yamada-Rice (Focus Sheffield, University of Sheffield) 

Visual methods: Comics

visual researchParticipants are introduced to various approaches to researching comics. We look at how comics can be used to carry out research, and then how they are used to communicate research findings. We consider how comics provide ways of critical thinking and explaining complex ideas to diverse audiences. We also look at ways of actually doing research on and with comics as communicative objects that intersect with different cultural contexts. There is a strong practical element throughout: everyone will make comics to explore these aspects.

The day is divided between presentations from comics researchers and practical drawing exercises/workshops. Each section focuses on specific approaches to doing research through or with comics. Participants will be encouraged to critically reflect on these methods and will leave with a broad understanding of possible approaches to working with comics. It should be fun and thoughtful!

All participants are asked to read a short journal article and be prepared to discuss it: Muna Al-Jawad’s 2013 paper ‘Comics are Research: Graphic Narratives as a New Way of Seeing Clinical Practice’ from Journal of Medical Humanities (URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10912-013-9205-0).

Enquiry contact details
FINAL Scrabble tile logo for twitter etcDylan Yamada-Rice
Director of MA in Education: Early Childhood Education
Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth http://cscy.group.shef.ac.uk/
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8162
Twitter: @dylanyamadarice

How to register link:

  • For SHEFFIELD PhD students, please click here to register.

  • For all other Social Science PhD students, please use the registration form below.

To register please complete the Visual Research Methods: Comics Online Registration Form below, ensuring required fields are entered.

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