Research Methodology Workshop: Using Visual Methods for Social Science Research (Facilitated by Dr Peter Sutoris)

Discussion Type: Conferences and Workshop | Date: 07 Apr 2023 | Time: 10:30 AM


Organized by Martin Chautari

In this workshop, we will consider how visual methods (such as observational filmmaking, photography, participatory mind-mapping or working with archives of static and moving images) might help us do meaningful social science research. How are visual methods different from more conventional approaches to research? How does using visual methods affect the relationship between the researcher and the researched? What are the limitations of using visual methodologies? These questions will drive this hands-on workshop.

The workshop is suitable for anyone with a basic background in social science research who is keen to incorporate visual methods into their work. Students, early career researchers and more seasoned social scientists are all welcome.

Please come prepared with at least one specific research project (framed as a research question). This will help you get the most out of the workshop, so that you can learn how to apply visual methods to your own research.

Session I (10:30 am–12:00 noon): Visual methods: What are they and what can(’t) they do?

Break (12:00 noon–12:30 pm)

Session II (12:30 pm–2:00 pm): Applying visual methods in practice

Kortegast, Carrie, Kristin McCann, Katie Branch, Amanda O. Latz, Bridget Turner Kelly and Chris Linder. 2019. Enhancing Ways of Knowing: The Case for Utilizing Participant-Generated Visual Methods in Higher Education Research. The Review of Higher Education 42(2): 485–510. 

Dr Peter Sutoris is an environmental anthropologist and assistant professor in Education at the University of York, UK. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cambridge University, and the author of books Visions of Development: Films Division of India and the Imagination of Progress, 1948–75 (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Educating for the Anthropocene:  Schooling and Activism in the Face of Slow Violence (MIT Press, 2022). 

Application Process 
Participation is open to all. Participants will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those interested should register their names either in person at Martin Chautari or fill up the online Google Form by Friday, 31 March 2023. Registration fee for participation is NRs. 200, which will be used to cover the expenses of tea and snacks. Those registering in person can pay cash at Martin Chautari during office hours. Those registering online can pay the registration fee electronically (at e-Sewa ID 9848867217). Soft copy of the reading material will be provided after the payment. Only limited seats are available. 

Date of Workshop: April 7, 2023 (Chait 24, 2079), Friday
Time: 10:30 am–2:00 pm 
Venue: Martin Chautari Seminar Hall, Thapathali, Kathmandu
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023 (Chait 17, 2079) [before 5:00 pm]

For further information, please contact:
Martin Chautari
Tel: 01-5338050, 4102027
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