Ethics and Power
The title of this year's Qualitative Research Symposium is Ethics and Power.
Through this Symposium, we reflect on ethics and power dynamics in qualitative research, opening for discussion how knowledge is created, who or what creates it, and how it can be contested.
The following areas form the core themes of the Qualitative Research Symposium 2023.
Formations and conceptualisations of ethics in applying qualitative methods
This theme focuses on the diversity of forms of approaches to ethics in qualitative researchers, considerations may include:
- How is ethics constructed within the development of, enacting of, or reflecting upon qualitative research?
- How does ethics vary by nation, institution, department, or discipline?
- How do researchers ‘problem-solve’ ethical conundrums in qualitative research?
Views on ethics and power in research
This theme looks at relationships with participants and may consider:
- Do researchers always hold the power in research?
- What methods and methodologies have historically and recently been used to foster power amongst participants?
- How can methods and methodologies be used to disrupt typical hierarchical power relations?
Effects of ethics and institutional power
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 do university and institutional ethics committees exercise/influence/shape power over qualitative researchers?
- Are there specific ethical parameters which may stifle approaches, such as participatory ones?
- How present are qualitative researchers and issues in institutional ethics committees and processes?