Methodology Speed Networking- Festival of Doctoral Research 2019

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All of us know too well that one of the biggest challenges in designing a PhD project is methodology. Among never ending notes, cries for help, discussions and countless rewritten drafts, the methodology and eventually methods give us the real control over what we want to research and contribute to our academic fields.

Importantly, it is the methodology and methods that not only make us question the boundaries of knowledge production and distribution, but also the dynamics and patterns within the academia itself. In our projects we constantly negotiate our own interests, personal values and career plans with changing fashions and political directions within the universities.

Yet so often we take our methodology as for granted, a fixed component of our discipline- be it textual analysis in certain regions of Humanities, big data quantitative traditions of social sciences or strictly defined scientific methods of Life Sciences.

Hence, we would like to mix things up a little bit- instead of working, (and struggling 🙂 next to each other in the Research Hive, this Festival of Doctoral Research 2019 let’s bring up these discussions on the limits and limitations of our methodologies to the table, share, critique and further explore how our methods both shape our PhDs and the broaden, redefine future horizons of the academia.

How do we choose our methodologies? How do we research our research methods?

Can our personal research methods ever become scientific?

How do we give in and when do we resist the methodological traditions of our disciplines and departments?

It is at all possible to navigate our careers according to the current moods and needs of the academic ‘industry’, and not capitalize on socially sensitive topics, divisions and inequality we often choose to research?

For the 2019 Festival of Doctoral Research, the Research Hive Scholars want to invite you to speed… methodologise!

The game is inspired by simple rules of speed networking, in which everyone circulates around the room and gets a set number of minutes to communicate with each person. This time, however, it is not just about networking but guessing each other’s methodologies and research methods. Everyone will introduce themselves with a one/two-sentence description of their research project, whereas the other person will have to come up with a method to match the project. The idea is to leave our methodological comfort zone, question how things are being done and inspire each other’s projects.

The event will take place on Thursday 20th June 2019 (11.00 – 12.15) at The Meeting House, Quiet Room. Refreshments will be provided.

Book a place: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/internal/doctoralschool/newsandevents/festival/methodology

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

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