Reanimating data - online



Organised by:

University of Leeds (an NCRM Centre Partner)


Dr Ester McGeeney and Prof Rachel Thomson


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Marie Johnson
0113 343 4407

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Venue: Online


10 - 4pm (one day)

Reanimating data: A method for secondary analysis, historical enquiry & participatory data collection

The aim of this interactive workshop is to explore data reanimation as a qualitative research method. The focus will be on creative, participatory and innovative ways of working with archived qualitative research materials for the purpose of secondary analysis, historical enquiry and/or data collection. 

During the workshop we will explore different theoretical and disciplinary traditions informing data reanimation and consider the ethical challenges and possibilities of reanimating qualitative data sets. 

We discuss what data reanimation is and consider the benefits and affordances of using this method of enquiry. In particular we will consider how this approach (1) enables creativity, reflexivity, experimentation and innovation in research, (2) creates opportunities to engage non-specialist audiences and communities in collaborative secondary analysis, data collection and/or public engagement and (3) engages critically with ideas around social change and continuity. 

This is an active workshop that will invite participants to experiment with reanimating qualitative data using different methods. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own research materials with them where possible or work with archived data provided by the workshop facilitators. We will consider how to reanimate data ethically and with care and share examples of how this has been done in recent research and community projects. 

The course covers: 

  • An introduction to ‘data reanimation’ as a method for secondary analysis, historical enquiry, and participatory data collection. 
  • An overview of the theoretical and disciplinary traditions informing ‘data reanimation’ as a method of enquiry
  • Introduction to the ESRC funded ‘Reanimating data’ project and opportunity to learn from the findings and examples shared from this project. 
  • Interactive activities designed to give participants experience of using different methods for reanimating qualitative data. 
  • Discussion and exploration of ethical issues and debates to consider in data reanimation 
  • Opportunities to discuss in groups the affordances, possibilities, and limitations of data reanimation as a research, creative and education practice.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have knowledge and critical awareness of what data reanimation is and means
  • Have knowledge of the foundations and theoretical underpinning of data reanimation. 
  • Have critical awareness of the benefits and challenges of data reanimation as a method of data analysis, data collection and historical enquiry. 
  • Have critical awareness of the ethical implications of reanimating data.
  • Have practical knowledge and personal experience of data reanimation
  • Feel permitted to "experiment" with reanimating data as a creative and participatory research method.



This is an online workshop that will be held on zoom. You will need to have a microphone on your device to enable you to participate in the workshop. During the workshop you will also need to be able to access padlet. 


Dr Ester McGeeney is a youth worker and academic researcher with expertise in using creative and participatory methods to engage youth and community groups in research on relationships, gender and sexualities. Ester specialises in co-producing education and professional learning resources to support the delivery of high quality Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in schools and other settings. 

Rachel Thomson is Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex. She is a sociologist who works across disciplines in developing digital archive based approaches and temporal methods of enquiry. She is co-author of Researching Social Change: Qualitative Approaches (Sage 2009, with Julie McLeod) and Researching Everyday Childhoods in a Digital Age (Bloomsbury 2018 with Berriman & Bragg.



The fee per teaching day is £35 per day for students / £75 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £250 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 its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply

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Yorkshire and Humberside


Visual Data Analysis, digital, creative, qualitative

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