1. ‘Wellbeing and disadvantage’
Tuesday 20 May 2014, 1.30pm – 2.30pm, ICOSS and remotely via web streaming
This seminar seeks to explore the way in which innovative methodologies can provide new insights in understanding what wellbeing means and how it is experienced in the 21st century. It will also seek to address the way in which disadvantage can be conceptualised and how dimensions of disadvantage be explored through both traditional and emerging methodologies.
2. ‘Diversity and community’
Monday 30 June 2014, 1pm – 3pm, ICOSS and remotely via web streaming
This seminar takes a broad view of the themes of ‘diversity’ and ‘community’. Key questions may include: How have ideas of ‘community’ changed in the 21st century? How can we conceptualise and approach contemporary relationships, be they with friends, family members, colleagues, acquaintances, neighbours or strangers? How can we ask questions about the social world, which are able to account for diversity in contemporary relational forms?
3. ‘Vulnerabilities, adversities and risks:
Wednesday 16 July 2014, 1pm – 3pm ICOSS and remotely via web streaming
This seminar will deliberate some of the pressing conceptual, ethical and methodological issues in doing research with those who are in situations of adversity that create certain vulnerabilities and risks. It aims to provide an opportunity for researchers to get together and consider conceptual, theoretical and methodological innovations in this area across social research areas that involve working with those at risk and who are vulnerable.
4. ‘The relationship between social and digital worlds’
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 1pm – 3pm ICOSS and remotely via web streaming
This seminar will explore the different ways that social research engages with digital worlds. Part of this exploration will involve a consideration of the emerging field of social media analytics and ‘big data’. This may well be considered in the context of earlier approaches that took a ‘connected approach’ that fully recognised the relation between online and offline worlds. Distinctive concerns may include Internet ethics and the blurring of the public and private in digital research.
Final Roundtable event
Wednesday 26 November, 9am – 5pm, ICOSS and remotely via web streaming
The seminar series will culminate with a final roundtable event, bringing together issues raised in the seminars and looking to the future of UK social research. Keynote discussants include: Speakers Robert Walker (Oxford), David Beer (York), Annette Markham (Chicago) tbc, other speakers tbc