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University of Exeter

72 Velwell Road

Exeter

EX4 4LD

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Autoethnography as methodology: using personal experience and feelings in research

Research isn’t just done in our heads, but also in our bodies; it isn’t just an intellectual endeavour, but an emotional process. How can we efficiently manage and use these personal resonances to inform our research process?

This one-day training is designed for post graduate researchers in the Humanities who are dealing with affecting research material - particularly that with which they have a personal connection - and are interested in exploring this methodologically. Through workshops led by experts (including an ecotherapist and a reflexologist), students will explore how feelings inform and effect the research process, drawing on autobiography, embodiment, feminist epistemologies and (auto)ethnographic literature. Participants will learn new tools to both manage and embed their feelings in their research processes.

Objectives: By the end of the session, researchers will:

  • Have reflected on their personal relationship with their research material and how this could interrelate with/inform their methodology
  • Learnt tools for managing both their personal and academic responses to affecting material
  • Have shared their experiences of using personal feelings in research with other students

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PGR students in the Humanities, studying at one of the GW4 universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Travel from your home insitution can be reimbursed.

Lunch, refreshments and a wine reception will be provided.


If you have any questions, please contact Chloe Bradwell: cb803@exeter.ac.uk

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