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Thinking Through Things Workshop

Time and Date: 9-5.30, 29th of June – Middlesex University

Book online: https://thinkingthroughthings.eventbrite.co.uk

Deadline: 31st of May

The ‘Thinking Through Things’ workshop presents the possibility to engage with methodological frameworks where objects/artefacts are at the centre of the research process. The workshop will present an original opportunity to expand on the material, the visual but also the sensory as well as thinking about multi-media and multi-modal forms of research and dissemination. The workshop is intended to generate an inter-disciplinary theoretical and methodological discussion, but also to also offer a scope to more broadly discuss research using creative methods and creative ways of communicating our research within and beyond academia.

The workshop will be organised around three speakers who all work with objects and artefacts questioning everyday materiality around notions of home, identity, auto/biography, space and place. Their individual contributions will be interactive as the aim is to conduct the workshop in the way we conduct research, by actively participating and engage with objects, artefacts and more broadly everyday materiality.

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Rachel Hurdley – Cardiff University

Gayle Letherby - Plymouth University

Michael McMillan - London College of Fashion

Rachel Hurdley is Research Fellow in sociology at Cardiff University. She is currently doing research with people living with dementia and National Museums Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru, to design dementia-friendly museum spaces. Other research sites have included mantelpieces, corridors, sofas, pin boards and the few remaining smokers’ corners, exploring how everyday interactions, small things and ephemeral practices organize meaning. Rachel is particularly interested in how we make academic knowledge, and the ‘mess’ of the research process. She is currently learning how to use oil paints – the messiest method so far.

Gayle Letherby is Honorary Professor of Sociology at Plymouth University. She uses auto/biographical research methods to explore issues of family, kinship and identity, reproductive and non/parental identities. She has published extensively on these and other topics, including feminist research methodologies.

Michael McMillan is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion (UAL). In his practice as a mixed-media artist/curator he explores diasporic identities in the material culture of the home, food, music and the dressed body. His work has received international public interest (http://www.uprising-art.com/en/portfolio/michael-mcmillan-the-waiting-room/ ). Michael will also organise an exhibit as part of this workshop. His work as an artist/academic bridges across disciplines in order to engage with culture and identity.

If you are interested in taking part in this workshop, please follow the Eventbrite link where you will be asked to make a short 100-word statement of interest briefly explaining your reasons for wanting to attend.

Places are limited to 20 people. Registration is free and lunch will be provided.

Please email c.rose@mdx.ac.uk with any queries.

Academic organisers: Magali Peyrefitte & Carly Guest.

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