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The Institute of Health and Community (IHC) Methodological Innovations Conference

Please note new date: Thursday May 25th, 2017

Contemporary, collaborative and creative approaches to research questions

Call for papers extended deadline 31st March

The Institute of Health and Community are delighted to invite you to their interdisciplinary Methodological Innovations Conference with a theme showcasing contemporary, collaborative and creative approaches to research questions.

The conference offers a unique opportunity to debate current and future issues of relevance, with delegates drawn from different disciplines and professional areas.

The keynote presentation is entitled: ‘Working towards an antidote to anti-ageing’ and will be given by Professor Jayne Raisborough, School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, Leeds Becket University who will talk about her film on ‘ageing’ (see abstract below)

The Poet Laureate for Plymouth Thom Boulton, also known as Blaidh Nemorlith, will be in attendance throughout the day and his performance at the conference close will draw on some of the things he has heard.

2nd call for papers

Abstracts for 20-minute papers are welcome. There is an ‘open stream’ as well as the following:

Auto/Biography

Collaboration

Creative approaches

Health, wellbeing and psychology

Measuring impact

Participatory Action Research

Patient and practitioner experience

Visual research

Abstracts for panel papers (a minimum of three papers) will also be considered.

To present a paper you will need to submit an abstract (250 words) and biography (50 words) by 31st March 2017 to ihc@plymouth.ac.uk.

We welcome contributions from academic, practitioner and postgraduate communities.

This conference is free to attend, but booking is essential via this link https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/methodological-innovations-conference-2017

Keynote abstract:

‘Working towards an antidote to anti-ageing’

Cultural Gerontology recognises the psychosocial harms when ‘old’ is represented as a stigmatised identity and the importance of alternative cultural representations. We face two obstacles: the first is the difficulty of creating ‘alternative’ representations when we are situated, to different degrees, in anti-ageing cultures. The second is the assumption that alternatives work as such when perceived by different audiences. One way of addressing these is to make explicit the interpretative frameworks that shape representations and to find ways of presenting these to audiences. This paper discusses the on-going development of a new methodology ‘metafictive framing’ which aims to break us from a current impasse.

Jayne discusses how she constructed this methodology from a critical blending of feminist methodological principles, a new focus on voice (Couldry, 2010), metafiction (a self- conscious fiction) and a politics of recognition.

She discusses how this methodology fed into a portfolio of methods aimed at exploring just how and why women respond to mainstream media anti-ageing messages (‘text in action’ method) and what informs their responses (life stories, interviews and workshops). The methodology demands the making of an alternative media representation, and Jayne discusses the making of the co-produced film ‘women and ageing’. Interesting tensions between the creative aspirations for the film and the theoretical and political are discussed here as we watch the 6 minute film.

This paper claims that explicit framing can contribute to the effectiveness of alternate representation. It argues that attention to the construction of alternative representations is crucial to the interrogation of anti-ageing, but it acknowledges that this may take on-going relationships with participants and a variety of media outputs. Nonetheless, this paper argues that attention to the construction of alternative representations is a much needed step in our critique and counter of stigmatising representations of age and ageing.

This conference is free to attend, but booking is essential.

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