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Researching the judiciary through pictures; some reflections on methods

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Liberty Building, Seminar Rooms G.33

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For the first seminar in this series, Professor Leslie Moran will be discussing his methodological approach to his ‘Judicial Images’ project. Visual images, painted portraits and copies made using a variety of graphic techniques, photography, moving pictures associated with cinema and a wide variety of screen formats, ranging from tele-melodrama and reality TV court shows through to documentary and more recently video images generated by cameras in courts, all have been used as key sources of data for undertaking research into the lives of a legal institution; the judiciary. The paper will begin with an introduction to my turn to visual culture data for the study of the judiciary. The pictures used in my research broadly fall into two categories; “found pictures” and “made pictures”. The former refers to pictures that are already in existence. “Made pictures” are made by a researcher as part of the research process. Thereafter I will discuss the variety of methods that have been used to work with these different pictures of the judiciary. They range from semiotic analysis and an analysis of the material culture of pictures, to the use of semi structured interviews with sitters and image makers. This will be followed by a consideration of my own practice of making images of the judiciary as a research method. A number of challenges associated with making pictures will briefly be considered before turning to the potential of this practice to generate new data. The final section turns to the use of pictures as a method of undertaking research; as a device for facilitating interview dialogue. For further details about the Judicial Images project, please visit: http://judicialimages.org

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Leeds

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