Reflections on LTE Researcher Conference
As the first poster, I would like to thank Richard and Eljee for making this conference happen, and express my appreciation of Mariam and Peter’s technological wizardry which enabled Magdalena to join us remotely from Uruguay! It was great too, to finally meet Achilleas and Magda, having read so much of their writing here on this blog…
I very much enjoyed all the papers, and was struck both by the sheer range and variety of research interests that exist in such a small group, and by the fact that whilst certain terms and themes kept popping up, these notions were conceptualised and operationalised in significantly different ways. Ideas such as empowerment, transformation, positionality, and situatedness were understood and exploited in a very diverse fashion.
The only dinosaur in the room, I presented my paper with no technological support, but appreciated the judicious way PowerPoint was used by my colleagues, particularly in terms of the evocative images chosen to represent themes by Mariam and Eljee.
The question and answer sessions were amongst the most stimulating interludes of the day, being both engaging and challenging, Julian and Juup ventured fearlessly into the fray time and again, offering perspectives both provocative and generative.
On a personal note, my paper was written for, and well-received by, the highly specific, advocacy-oriented QI audience in the States, and the reception it received today in Manchester emphasised the very different traditions and expectations of UK academia, throwing into stark relief yet again the challenges I face in completing my thesis in a fashion that reflects my passion and principles, but satisfies examiners in a system where my maverick status has apparently become institutionalised. Can I pull it off? I’m certainly going to try!