Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work

Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2015

Migration (detail) (Maskull Lasserre,

Plenary Keynotes
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Patricia Clough Queens College and The Graduate Center CUNY
Patti Lather Ohio State University
Elizabeth de Freitas Adelphi University
Diane Reay University of Cambridge
Stephanie Springgay University of Toronto
Ken Gale Plymouth University and Jonathan Wyatt University of Edinburgh
Yvette Solomon Manchester Metropolitan University
Maggie MacLure Manchester Metropolitan University

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Deleuze & Guattari at work
From Lacan to Barad: the body and material entanglements

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The Pregnant Box
Moving with Affective Methodologies

About the Summer institute
Learn about the latest in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading international theorists. For qualitative researchers looking for stimulating engagements with theory, from doctoral students to more experienced researchers, in education, social sciences, health and caring professions, arts and humanities.

  • What are the current trends and the future directions?
  • How does theory influence methods, ethics, identity?
  • How can I put theory to work in my own research?
  • How does theory engage with policy and practice?

new materialisms • art theory • feminisms • postcolonial theory • poststructuralism • Marxism • ethnography • policy analysis • discourse analysis • psychoanalysis

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 allows 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 both beginning and more experienced researchers.

We welcome groups of research students or staff from a single institution, who wish to attend the Summer Institute as a cohort.

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. 67% of our research was rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' in REF 2014, with 100% of our research Impact being rated 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'. 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.

Standard delegate fee: £495 (including all lunches and refreshments, plus wine reception)

Please note: online registration closes on the 21st June 2015

Summer Institute in Qualitative Research
The Education & Social Research Institute
Faculty of Education
Manchester Metropolitan University
Brooks Building
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

tel: +44 (0)161 247 2010/2320


Further information about the 2010, 2011 and 2013 events can be found via the links on this page.