Exploring Communities: the Creative Research Practice of Pearl Jephcott

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In this event we explore the creative research practice of 'forgotten' sociological research pioneer, Pearl Jephcott.

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Restudies of past projects remain relatively rare in the social sciences. Likewise, significantly more work needs to be done to highlight the contribution of previous generations of scholars currently overlooked and marginalised in research historiographies, including women, BAME, LGBTQ+ and working-class researchers, and others. As such, there is a need to re-examine past contributions to both recognise their significance and to reassess the contemporary relevance of the findings from their work, as well as to learn any methodological lessons.

Using data from our funded research on Pearl Jephcott – reconstructing 'then and now ', archival demographic and biographical research, and interviews – we contribute to this re-examination by highlighting the lessons she has for contemporary social science and creative research practices.

In this half-day online event, hosted by researchers in the department of Media, Communication and Sociology from the University of Leicester, we will explore previous and current research exploring the life and work of Pearl Jephcott. The event will spotlight the creative and innovative aspects of her practice and begin to explore how these have relevance for contemporary practitioners. This will include considering Jephcott's use of art and photographs, eclectic and mixed methods approaches, and her immersive ethnographic approach whilst working with communities in London, Nottinghamshire, Glasgow and beyond.

This is a half-day online event consisting of pre-recorded video materials plus a live segment. The full programme and appropriate links will be sent out to those who sign-up, with confirmation of times.

This event will be of interest to anyone interested in community and class studies and methods, as well as class, gender, motherhood, housing, community, youth and childhood, race, ethnicity, work, leisure - all themes explored by Jephcott in her research.

This event is running as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Date & Time: November 26th 2021 (time will be confirmed)

For more information on Pearl Jephcott please visit: https://pearljephcott.com/about-pearl-jephcott/

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