Comics, short stories and fiction: Communicating research creatively
|Dates:||13 December 2021|
|Times:||15:00 - 16:15|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Current University students|
Communicating research findings is a key aspect of academic work. In the main, scholarly papers and presentations to academic and non-academic audiences take the form of conventional texts. This Morgan Centre seminar explores more creative ways of communicating research to a variety of audiences and with different purposes in mind. The seminar consists of two presentations, by Leah Gilman and Becky Tipper and by Juliet Fall, focusing on fictional writing and visual narratives as forms of scholarly communication. There will be plenty of time for discussion with the audience.
The Donor Stories Project: Using Fiction in Practice
Leah Gilman and Becky Tipper
Under UK guidance, people who plan to donate sperm or eggs are encouraged (sometimes mandated) to attend an ‘implications counselling’ session so as to consider the various consequences of donating. This is no easy task for the fertility counsellors who facilitate these sessions and typically have just one hour with their clients!
In this presentation we will share our experiences of creating and using ‘made up’ stories to address this ‘real life’ problem. Inspired by existing work in sociological fiction, the Donor Stories project was designed to create and use research-inspired fiction to support fertility counsellors in their work. As well as sharing one of these stories*, we will discuss the process of turning data into fiction, as well as how we worked together to that aim. We will consider both the benefits and challenges of using fiction in practice and offer an evaluation of the project so far.
Writing Worlds, Drawing Connections
In this talk, I will explore how visual representations and visual modes of writing can be used in social science, drawing from my three recent comics published in scientific journals. I link this up explicitly to a critical and feminist approach to writing, drawing upon the language of visual narratives that gives readers an active part in constructing meaning.
Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash
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