Cultivating Curiosity: a workshop in sensory methods and multi-species ethnography
|Starts:||09:30 11 Oct 2018|
|Ends:||15:00 11 Oct 2018|
|What is it:||Workshop|
How do you experience your walk through the park? Can sensory and multi-species methods change your experience of research and the world around you?
There is increasing interest in how engaging a wider range of the senses in qualitative methods might provide interesting data and extend our critical imaginations in new directions. The growing field of “multispecies ethnography” also calls for sensory methods to draw attention to the sometimes subtle inter-corporeal exchanges that form social interactions between humans and other animals. Yet there is often little discussion on the practicalities of such methods and how we can become better, more reflexive, and more sensitive researchers in this way.
Following a lunchtime methods@manchester lecture on October 4th, this workshop will experiment with exercises from theatre training and my experience of ethnographic research with horses, sheep and mice to explore ways in which we can become more attuned and more receptive to a wider array of qualitative data. We’ll use each other in the workshop room and then whatever other species we find in Whitworth Park! Come prepared to move in loose clothing. Lunch provided.
“I REALLY enjoyed the workshop and the whole day!” Rachel, pilot workshop
“Maisie is a lively facilitator…for my research, I will surely take away the need to pay attention to space and non-verbal communication. Playing with the senses and exploring the possibilities of experience and communication were always brought back to the question of research and methods”. Victor, pilot workshop
Maisie Tomlinson is a doctoral student in Sociology using ethnographic methods to explore different epistemologies of animal behaviour expertise and its possible relevance for ‘multi-species ethnography’ She is also a trained professional actor with experience in teaching drama to beginners and communication and listening skills in the public sector. https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/sociology/research/postgraduate-research/current-phd-students/maisie-tomlinson/
Please note: this workshop involves movement at your own pace and ability; partner-work, and some time spent outside whatever the weather! No ‘performance’ is involved. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional needs you may have, dietary requests or further questions.
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