Autumn Seminar 2016

Wednesday December 7th

Dr Amanda French and Professor Alex Kendall, Birmingham City University
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Location: G.16, Brooks Building, MMU

Acting out: rhizovocality in post-graduate supervision practices; An ethno-drama in 3 parts.

This joint paper explores how our attempts at post graduate supervision practices and post-qualitative pedagogies encouraged us to use new forms of subjectivity and non-representational methodologies, which may pose a risk as they challenge dominant research discourses in the academy. We suggest moreover that doctoral supervision should enable and encourage students and supervisors to shapeshift and cross disciplinary boundaries, moreover we explore the idea that the different writing and professional selves produced through the supervision process are not always what anyone could anticipate. As supervisor and supervisee we perform our experiences of doctoral work in personal and emotional terms interwoven with some recorded extracts from an academic paper we have written about the performance. This reworking of the original ethno-drama material offers another voice on the subject, still our own but remade and re-presented for a different audience.

Short Biography
Dr Amanda French has worked in higher, further, adult education and the voluntary sector in the West Midlands for 30 years. Working in partnerships across a wide range of settings and agencies including schools, community centres voluntary and community groups, as well as colleges and universities she has taught students and trained teachers, tutors and support workers from a variety of organisations, including probation, employment services and the voluntary/ community sector and taught English, Basic Literacy, Education and Early Years. Amanda is currently Head of Professional Development, Research and Enterprise at Birmingham City University's School of Education. Her particular research interests include child-led research, academic writing practice and development, social justice in education and creative critical pedagogy and methodologies.

Prof. Alex Kendall is Director of the Centre for the Study Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HE&LS) at Birmingham City University (BCU). Alex work focuses on literacies in post compulsory education and teacher development across phases and she has an established track record in research and development related to cultural practice and creative research methods. She has worked with national agencies in Austria Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the UK and led complex multilateral projects in Europe and South East Asia. Alex is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and elected Vice Chair of both the research committee of the UK Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) and the International Professional Development Association (IPDA). She is author of After the Media, Culture and Identity in the 21st Century and Insights from Research and Practice and has published in the fields of literacy, post-compulsory education and teacher development.