Webinar Series: Through the Looking Glass - how to incorporate visual material within research
07/11/2023 - 29/11/2023
University of Southampton
Dr Ashton Kingdon (Chair)
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
NCRM Centre Manager
As the turn to interdisciplinary work becomes greater, it is important to consider that advances in research and development are more likely to happen at the intersections of multiple fields. Through the Looking Glass is an interactive, interdisciplinary, and multi-stakeholder workshop series bringing together PhD students, early career researchers, academics, practitioners, and industry professionals from across the world to discuss their best practices on how to incorporate visual material within research. Each workshop will be collaborative, featuring presentations and group discussions focused on the various methods of image and video analysis, as well as methodological and ethical considerations on how to approach such material.
Webinar 1: Analysing Visuals: Semiotics, Rhetorical and Contextual Interpretation - Friday 20th October - 2 - 3.30pm
This workshop looked at visual analysis, including semiotics – the study of signs and symbols, as well as visual rhetoric and persuasive force. The focus of the event was on the historical and subcultural symbolism displayed within imagery and provide best practices on how to incorporate visual methodologies into research.
Dr Ashton Kingdon - University of Southampton
Dr Ashley Mattheis - Dublin City University
Professor Cori Dauber - University of North Carlolina - Chapel Hill
Dr Charlie Winter - ExTrac
Webinar 2: The Ethics of Visual Analysis: Researcher Safety and Wellbeing and Responsible Practice and Publication - Tuesday 7th November 4 - 5.30pm
This workshop will focus on the ethical components that come from researching sensitive imagery, including access, anonymity, storage, researcher safety, mental health, and cybersecurity. Participants will be asked for their reflections on addressing the trauma that comes from researcher exposure to sensitive images, how researchers can report on and share content on sensitive topics in an ethical way, and the ways in which imagery is used by bad actors, especially to intimidate and traumatise marginalised communities.
Hannah Rose - Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Dr Aaron Winter - Lancaster University
Professor Maura Conway - Dublin City University
Meili Criezis - Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab
Kesa White - Independent Researcher
Munira Mustaffa - Chasseur Group
Webinar 3: Visual Analysis and Interdisciplinary Research: Mixed Methods Approaches Part 1 - Wednesday 22nd November 10 - 11.30am
This is the first of two workshops which will focus on interdisciplinary and mixed methods approaches for visual analysis. The session will combine academics from different disciplines who will provide best practices on how to incorporate both quantitative and qualitative methodologies when analysing visual material.
Dr Julian Droogan – Macquarie University
Dr Lizzie Reed – University of Southampton
Dr Lewys Brace – University of Exeter
Dr Natasha Hodgson – Nottingham Trent University
Webinar 4: Visual Analysis and Interdisciplinary Research: Mixed Methods Approaches Part 2 - Wednesday 29th November 2 - 3.30pm
This is the second workshop focusing on interdisciplinary and mixed methods approaches for visual analysis. The session will combine academics from different disciplines who will provide best practices on how to incorporate both quantitative and qualitative methodologies when analysing visual material.
Dr Kareem El Damanhoury – Univeristy of Denver
Professor Carol Winkler – Georgia State University
Dr Eviane Leidig – Tilburg University
Dr Laura Harris – University of Southampton
Free of charge. Registration is required for each webinar - links are included in the Event Description above.
Website and registration:
Visual Data Analysis, Mixed Methods Data Handling and Data Analysis, Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Research Ethics
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