Real Research in the Social Sciences: Design, Fieldwork & Dissemination

WRDTC Student Seminar Series 2015 – ‘Real Research in the Social Sciences: Design, Fieldwork & Dissemination’, University of Sheffield 22nd May 2015

The White Rose DTC is organising a series of student-led inter-disciplinary seminars on the theme, ‘Real Research in the Social Sciences’. The series aims to place particular emphasis on the practical first-hand experience of doctoral students in carrying out their research. The seminar series will take place in Sheffield on 22nd May and aims to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to present their work, to exchange ideas and to meet fellow researchers in an informal and supportive environment.

The series will be divided into three sessions, each of which will focus on the following:

  1. Session 1: Research Design – Thinking Through Approach & Methodology

This session will focus on the approaches and methodologies used by presenters in their research. Ideas for presentation may include (but are not limited to): Questioning ‘objectivity’ in social science; The case for using case studies; Ethical challenges; How to design research with vulnerable groups; Mixing methods.

  1. Session 2: Research in Practice – Survivors from the Field

This session will focus on the practical experiences of presenters in conducting fieldwork. Ideas for presentation may include (but are not limited to): ‘When fieldwork goes wrong’; Working in distant or dangerous locations; Practicalities of participatory methods; Being an activist researcher; Getting lost in translation.

  1. Session 3: Beyond Research – Effective Dissemination

This session will focus on the experience of presenters in publishing and disseminating their research results in an effective way. Ideas for presentation may include (but are not limited to): Navigating the Open Access minefield; Blogging your work; Alternative medias (photography, film, audio); Co-authoring or going solo; The public intellectual and the civic university.

call for papers is now open to all doctoral students of the WR DTC universities. We invite all those interested in presenting to submit by e-mail (wrdtcseminarseries2015@gmail.com) the following information by the deadline of 4th May:

–          SharingFull name;

–          Abstract (200 words maximum);

–          University and School / Department;

–          Topic of research;

–          Topic of the presentation;

–          Short professional biographical note.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 8 May.

Participants should prepare a PowerPoint presentation to be given according to the PechaKucha style of presentation – this involves a presentation of 20 slides with each slide to be shown on screen for 20 seconds (roughly 7 minutes in total) as well as 7 minutes of Q&A.

A full timetable of the conference will be forwarded at a later date.

We regret that it will not be possible to reimburse travel expenses.