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Qualitative Research Symposium 2022

This symposium is a forum for researchers to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion of common features, challenges, and changes in qualitative research.

  • 1 Feb 2022, 9.00am to 2 Feb 2022, 5.00pm GMT
  • The Chancellors' Building, University of Bath
  • Price from £15.00 to £30.00 (GBP)

Researcher Vulnerability

The title of this year's Qualitative Research Symposium is Researcher Vulnerability.

Through this symposium, we will open discussions about how vulnerability is constructed, and what vulnerability looks and feels like for researchers, our research projects, and the methods we use.

The symposium holds space for unpacking and examining formations and conceptualisations of vulnerability, the effects of vulnerability, and methods of and for vulnerability. Although it's a dimension that is always in play in qualitative research, researcher vulnerability is rarely acknowledged or discussed (in formal capacities).

Symposium themes

Formations and conceptualisations of researcher vulnerability

This theme focuses on the diversity of forms of vulnerability amongst qualitative researchers (e.g., physical, social, psychological, cultural, political, financial, etc.) considerations may include:

  • How is vulnerability constructed within the development of, enacting of, or reflecting on qualitative research?
  • How do different constructs of vulnerability include or exclude the ways we think about ourselves in research?
  • How can reflexivity on vulnerability help to shape ways how research is organised?
  • In what ways could researcher vulnerability be (re)conceptualised and developed to advance the field of qualitative research?

Effects of vulnerability

This theme focuses on how vulnerability amongst researchers or in the researcher-participant relationship can impact upon the research process and the decisions we make, considerations may include:

  • How does researcher vulnerability reveal or illustrate itself in our writings?
  • How is researcher vulnerability related to quality, trustworthiness, or rigor of research?
  • In which stages of the research process might researcher vulnerability matter, and in what ways?
  • How do we prepare ourselves for, negotiate, and respond to our own vulnerability?
  • What outlets exist for exploring or own vulnerability?
  • How do we design more ethical projects based on recognition of researcher and participant vulnerability?

Methods of and for vulnerability

This focuses on methods and methodologies that can, should, or already attend to or incorporate researcher vulnerability into the research process, considerations may include:

  • How do we build researcher vulnerability into our project design?
  • What methods are available to us that directly explore this ethically, productively and politically (e.g., feminist sensibilities, postcolonial approaches, indigenous methodologies)?
  • How do we make vulnerability a productive component of qualitative research?
  • How does a focus on the vulnerability of the researcher ask us to reconsider our methods?

Submit your research

We invite you to share with us how you navigate researcher vulnerability by submitting an abstract that focuses on one of the themes.

Read more about how to submit your research abstract.

Event schedule

The two-day symposium will take place on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 February 2022 at the University of Bath's campus.

Remote presentations and participation will be welcomed as necessary.

Tuesday 1 February

Pre-Symposium Qualitative Workshops

Further information for this event will be released in November 2021.

Wednesday 2 February

Keynote lecture

Dr Milli Lake, associate professor of International Security, from the London School of Economics will deliver a keynote lecture at the symposium.

Tickets

Tickets will be available to book in November 2021. We will update this page with booking information at that point.

Please email us at QRSBath@bath.ac.uk to register your interest in attending.

Ticket prices will be:

  • Attendees: £30
  • Presenters: £15

Refreshments will be provided.

To become a presenter, you will need to submit a research abstract. Read more about submitting a research abstract for the Qualitative Research Symposium 2022.

Previous events

The Qualitative Research Symposium is an annual event. Read more about our past events and the themes they have covered.

Attend this event

Register your interest Tickets will be available to book in November 2021. You can register your interest before this date and we will update you when tickets are available.

Location

This event will take place at the University of Bath campus. There will also be a remote option for those who cannot attend the event in-person


The Chancellors' Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us.