Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work

Monday 10th July – Friday 14th July 2017

Migration (detail) (Maskull Lasserre,

Plenary Keynotes

Claire Colebrook, Pennsylvania State University:
Transcendental Fragility.

Des Fitzgerald, Cardiff University:
What was Sociology?

Anna Hickey-Moody, University of Sydney:
Arts Practice as Method, Urban Spaces and Intra-active Faiths.

Gabrielle Ivinson, Manchester Metropolitan University, Emma Renold, Cardiff University & Jên Angharad
Mobilising Run-a-way Methodologies for Life Support.

Hillevi Lenz Taguchi & Lena Aronsson, Stockholm University:
Gendered trouble in the interdisciplinary bakery and the possibility of rethinking "a shift from paideia to humanitas"

Maggie MacLure, Manchester Metropolitan University:
Divination: mobilising sense and nonsense for research after method.

Jerry Rosiek, University of Oregon:
Is Racism an Agent? Putting Posthumanism to work in the struggle against institutionalised racism.

Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University:
Epistemology in a Speculative Key.

Deborah Youdell, University of Birmingham:
Seeing the Inside: doing biosocial research in education.

Putting Theorists to Work: Workshops and Events


Provocations, Improvisations: Encounters between Art, Sciences & Qualitative Research
A collaborative event involving artists, art theorists, scientists and researchers.

Delegate Presentations
Conference strand for delegates wishing to present their own research. If you are a delegate and you would like to present an aspect of your own research, or present a paper at the conference, please complete the following form delegate led session and return this to

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.

A mix of keynote sessions, small-group discussions and workshops. Interaction is an important part of the week’s activities! We welcome groups of research students or staff from a single institution, who wish to attend 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.

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


Further information about the 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015 events can be found via the links on this page.