Avant-garde and arts-based methods in qualitative research (part of the RMeF2021) (fully booked)


27/10/2021 - 28/10/2021

Organised by:

The University of Manchester


Dr Alexandrina Vanke and Victoria Lomasko


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Claire Spencer, Claire.spencer@manchester.ac.uk

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Venue: Online


This is running as part of the Research Methods Festival, all participants of the course will be entitled to a free Festival Pass. Please see our web page for more details: 2021 Research Methods e-Festival (ncrm.ac.uk)

This course will give you an overview of avant-garde and arts-based approaches of doing qualitative research and provide you with basic knowledge about creative methods in the social sciences.

Led by Dr Alexandrina Vanke and contemporary artist Victoria Lomasko, we will cover a full-cycle qualitative study and explain how to incorporate arts-based strategies at all stages of research. We will discuss how to:
• create research designs building on avant-garde and documentary approaches;
• combine arts-based strategies of data collection, such as drawing and collaging, with qualitative methods of observing, participating and interviewing;
• use sketches and comics in the study of everyday lives, material culture and urban space;
• elaborate strategies of analysis of multisensory data;
• employ the research assemblage and creative writing complemented by visual narratives;
• apply arts-informed strategies in the process of disseminating research outputs.

You will need to bring pencils and markers, paper and old magazines, scissors and glue.

This course will run from 9:30 - 12:30 (BST) on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October and will be charged at the one full day rate.


The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for UK/EU registered students • £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff, staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. No refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of the cancellation of a course. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.


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Visual Methods, Documentary Analysis, Visual Data Analysis

Related publications and presentations:

Visual Methods
Documentary Analysis
Visual Data Analysis

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