Creative Methods for Researching Memory Workshop


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: 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: 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.

This workshop is aimed at PGR and ECRs who would like an introduction to; and a chance to explore; three different social science methods for researching memory: photo go-alongs; oral histories and futures and object-oriented interviews. We will explore how these methods have been used to research memory with people of different ages; backgrounds and dexterities. The workshop will use audio; visual; participation and object-discussions; and participants will leave with a 'how to' guide for each method. In this session you will: 1. Explore photo go-alongs; oral histories and futures and object-oriented interviews as three methods for creatively researching memory 2. Understand the academic origins and conceptual influences upon the development of these methods 3. Think critically about where these methods have been applied in social science research; and what other contexts they might usefully be applied4. Consider how you might draw on these methods in your future research