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Visual Research Methods Workshop

Date March 20 @ 9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Aberystwyth University

Wednesday, 20th March 2019 09:15 – 16:30

Visual images have become ubiquitous in contemporary culture and at the same time there has been a move towards creative methodologies in social research. This workshop will explore the visual image in mediated forms and its use as a tool of qualitative inquiry and dissemination. There will be an engagement with the ways in which images are read and created, and the ethical implications of researching the visual. Visual culture will be explored as a powerful tool that acts to ascribe particular identities to individuals; and the workshop will examine the ways in which this creates inequalities and psychosocial consequences. The presentation of the material will set out current debates in visual, social and cultural studies and explore the potential of visual methods as tools of participatory and collaborative practice. The workshop activities invite you to try out some innovative techniques of data generation and interrogate the usefulness of visual approaches. The workshop will provide the opportunity for delegates to;

  • Gain a broad understanding of a range of visual, creative and participatory research methods
  • Feel confident working with visual data
  • Feel confident using participatory methods in research
  • Understand the ethical implications involved in researching ‘the visual’
  • Be inspired to consider alternative methods of research and ways to present research


Dr Dawn Mannay, Cardiff University



Dawn Mannay is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology) at Cardiff University. Her research interests revolve around class, gender, education, identity and inequality; and she employs participatory, visual and creative methods in her work with communities. Dawn was the Principal Investigator on a Welsh Government funded project exploring the educational experiences and aspirations of children and young people who are care experienced in Wales. She is currently working on a project to establish a community of practice to improve the educational experiences of children and young people – ExChange: Care and Education. Dawn edited a collection for the University Wales Press (2016), ‘Our changing land: revisiting gender, class and identity in contemporary Wales’; and wrote the sole authored text for Routledge (2016), ‘Visual, narrative and creative research methods: application, reflection and ethics’. Her most recent book with Tracey Loughran was published by Emerald in 2018 – ‘Emotion and the researcher: sites, subjectivities, and relationships


March 20
9:15 am - 4:30 pm
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Medrus 4
Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion SY23 2NN United Kingdom
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