Summer Institute in Qualitative Research

Monday 18th - Friday 22nd July 2011

Education and Social Research Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Summer Institute Director: Maggie MacLure

The international Summer Institute in Qualitative Research provides the opportunity to learn about current trends in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading theorists.

Plenary Keynote Speakers

Deborah Britzman York University, Canada
On matters of Soft theory and affected belief: a psychoanalytic approach to the defense of theory

Linda Tuhiwai Smith University of Waikato, New Zealand
Decolonizing research in new spaces with new possibilities?

Harry Torrance MMU
Mixed methods research: what is the role of qualitative methods?

Lisa Mazzei Gonzaga University, USA
Plugging one text into another: thinking with theory in qualitative research

Helen Colley MMU
Time-space and ethics: thinking through Marx

Kate McCoy State University of New York (New Paltz)
Heroin's Monstrous Beauties: mark(et)ing affect and abject

Keri Facer MMU
Democracy, education and reclaiming narratives of the future

Bill Green Charles Sturt University, Australia
Research, practice, emergence; or, emergent methodologies in educational research

Maggie MacLure MMU
Classification or wonder? Coding as an analytic practice in qualitative research

About the Summer Institute

While courses on research methods abound, theory tends to receive less attention. And yet, without an understanding of how theory informs what counts as ‘data’, knowledge, identity, truth or action, our research may be driven by taken-for granted assumptions. The Summer Institute allows participants to pursue questions such as:  

    What are the current trends and the future directions in theoretical work?
    How does theory engage with policy and practice?
    How can I put theory to work in my own research?
    How do different theories conceptualise methods, ethics, identity, culture and change?

Theoretical trends discussed in the 2011 keynote programme will include psychoanalysis, art theory, feminisms, mixed methods, postcolonialism, deconstruction, Marxism, literary criticism, and poststructuralism.

Structure of the Summer Institute
The Institute is organised around a programme of keynote sessions, from presenters with an international reputation in their specialist area. Small group work and one-to-one ‘surgeries’ allow for follow-up discussion of each keynote. A strand of mini-sessions on ‘Putting theorists to work’ runs throughout the week, where researchers describe the influence of a key thinker on their own research, and invite participants to pursue the implications for their own ongoing or planned research. Delegates who wish to do so have the opportunity to lead short presentations on their own research.

The Summer Institute is of interest to qualitative researchers who are looking for serious and stimulating engagements with theory. It is of particular interest to researchers and research degree students in education, the social sciences, and the health and caring professions. Because of its dialogic structure, the Institute is relevant to beginning and more experienced researchers.

The Education and Social Research Institute at MMU is a leading centre for applied social and educational research, with a world-class reputation for the development of theory and methodology. It is one of the top ten UK education research establishments, according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise. Our theoretical work is distinctive in being firmly grounded in our extensive experience as applied researchers, educators and policy analysts. We do not just teach theory as an abstract body of ideas: we ourselves put theory to work in designing better, more critical and more useful research; in research degree training and teacher education; and in contributions to policy debates and international collaborations.

Further information about the 2010 event can be found via the links on this page.