An initial reflexivity-narrativity seminar
Positioning our research and ourselves in our research: An exploratory seminar on reflexive and narrative aspects of research (texts)
This exploratory/initial seminar took place on 25th October 2010, as attended by Tanya, Shaun (Best), Magdalena, Richard, Eljee, and Viv.
Richard set the context for the event (see below) and rehearsed again his reflexivity-narrativity visual presented in the earlier discussions in this Reflexivity-Narrativity category. He was followed inorder by Made, Eljee, Viv, Tanya and Shaun, and they will shortly post something about their contribution as a comment on this initial posting about the seminar.
Richard’s opening text:
To some extent, we share a developing interest in:
a) the reflexive aspects of researching contexts and phenomena in which we are deeply embedded (or connected in some way); and
b) the ways in which we talk about our research (and its contexts) and how we position ourselves in (relation to) it (and to its contexts).
Thus, we share an interest in how we position our research (and ourselves in our research) both reflexively and narratively, and how we do this in both the spoken and written research texts that we craft about our work.
Some of us additionally have a methodological interest in narrative since our studies involve narrative inquiry, auto-biography, life history or another narrative-based approach. It may be, therefore, that some contributions in this seminar will look at the narrative dimension more from a research than a researcher perspective.
One purpose of this exploratory seminar is to share some of our separate and diverse strands of thinking on these reflexive and narrative aspects of our work, i.e. to bring to our home base (i.e. SoE) some research texts we have already performed elsewhere (or are thinking of doing so shortly). Each of these contributions can be seen as ingredients enriching our collective stew (i.e. understanding) of these issues!
Further, as we share in this way our texts – and our positional discourse – we can continue teasing out some of the complexities and affordances presented by these reflexive and narrative considerations, and thereby show some fresh light on these areas of our researcher thinking, competence and confidence. I say ‘continue’ because we have been limbering up online for this seminar for some time already: ME-Search and Re-Search
In organisational terms, I will loosely facilitate the seminar and each make a short contribution to the discussion. Time is tight so contributions need to be short and focused so that we have plenty of time for discussion and moving beyond the ideas contained in each contribution and head towards an understanding deepened by our engagement in this seminar with the thinking presented in each contribution. Afterwards, we can decide how to take things further face-to-face (a SoE seminar?) and /or online (e.g. in the LTE Doctoral Community blog).