Creative Methods for Researching Memory Panel


Bio: Sarah Marie Hall is Reader in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, and a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. Her research interests revolve around everyday life in times of economic change, social reproduction, families and relationships, and feminist methods and praxis. In February 2021 she begins a four year UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on the subject of austerity and altered lifecourses across Europe.

Bio: Amy is a Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography. She is interested in i) age, ageing and the life-course ii) place, place-making and memory and iii) non-representational theories and affect. She uses a range of creative, participatory and ethnographic methods.

Bio: Jen recently joined the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College to study social care responses to self-neglect and hoarding amongst older people. Prior to this she held a ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD studentship at Cardiff University, where she studied a voluntary decluttering service for older people in South Wales, and the use of self-storage by individuals and families in the UK respectively. Jen's overarching interest is the services which support people with their possessions at home, and uses material methods in order to understand broader issues of family, home, identity, mobility, and life transitions.

Bio: Laura Fenton is Research Associate at the University of Manchester. She works part time on the UKRI funded Austerity and Altered Lifecourses project with Dr Sarah Marie Hall and colleagues. Laura is also contributing to the Wellcome Trust funded Youth Drinking in Decline project at the University of Sheffield. Both roles develop research experience Laura gained through her PhD on three generations of British women's changing relationships with alcohol across the lifecourse. Laura's research interests include creative biographical methods, gender, youth and the lifecourse.

Bio: Melanie Lovatt is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Stirling. Her research interests include ageing, time, and relationships. She is currently leading the ESRC-funded project https://reimaginingthefutureinolderage.stir.ac.uk/ which uses creative methods to explore the relationship between older age and future time. In previous work she has used ethnographic approaches - with a focus on material culture - to explore everyday experiences in an older people's residential home.

This panel is aimed at scholars and students alike who would like to engage in discussion about social science methods for researching memory. The panel will explore some of these methods; as well ways in which to creatively share and engage others in these methods; such as through exhibitions and theatre. The panel is comprised of researchers with a range of research interests; but which coalesce around researching memory with people of different ages; backgrounds and dexterities. The event will include a brief introduction to panellist's work; and give time for thorough interactive discussion via q&a. We will also call for questions before the event via social media.