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Qualitative Research Network forum

Date and time

Tue, 17th May 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

We are very excited to invite you to the first QRN Forum! The theme for the forum is ‘Looking back, moving forward: What is the future of qualitative research?'

4.00pm, Tues 17th May 2016
Drawing Room, University House, ANU.
The forum will be followed by drinks at the Fellows Bar, University House.

Some of the issues we will discuss include:

    Innovative qualitative methods
    Perceptions of qualitative methods
    Future of qualitative research methods – are we moving more to the quantification of qualitative research?
    Archiving qualitative research
    Issues around analysis of qualitative research
    How qualitative research methods can contribute to scientific fields of research that are traditionally quantitative
    Issues around teaching qualitative methods

We have four fantastic panel members from a diverse range of disciplines and research backgrounds:

Dr Johanna Rendle-Short (School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics)

Dr Johanna Rendle-Short is the Associate Dean (Students) in the College of Arts and Social Sciences. She analyses interaction using the methodology of conversation analysis (CA) across a range of contexts, including, language and learning, media studies, and children and adults who are communicatively impaired. She is particularly interested in how children with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism communicate within ordinary everyday settings.

Dr Graham Fordham (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment)

Dr Graham Fordham teaches ‘Qualitative Methodologies in Health Research’, ‘Anthropological Approaches to Health Interventions’, and ‘Anthropological Concepts for Health Research: From Risk to Suffering’, in the Master of Culture Health and Medicine degree in the Medical School. Over the past thirty years he has conducted anthropological fieldwork and consultancy throughout much of mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam), in the sub-Saharan AIDS belt in Africa and in urban Australia. He has worked on a wide range of development and development health issues including: HIV/AIDS/STIs, developing models for behaviour change, developing models of male risk behaviour, prostitution, reproductive health/adolescent reproductive health, substance abuse (alcohol), the trafficking of women and children, the impact of pornography on children and youth, gender-based violence, street children/child protection, masculinity, gender and youth sexuality. His current research interests focus on a critical anthropology of biomedicine and public/global health and on the roles played by these "disciplines" in the surveillance and control of populations in the neoliberal state.

Dr David Bissell (School of Sociology)

Dr David Bissell is senior lecturer in Sociology at The Australian National University. He combines qualitative research on embodied practices with social theory to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives. His current two projects are examining how mobile working practices are changing the constitution of the home (with Andrew Gorman-Murray); and how robotics and AI are reshaping employment futures (with Anthony Elliott, Thomas Birtchnell and John Urry). His most recent project investigated how commuting in Sydney affects people’s sense of self, their relations with others, their job and their sense of place in the city. He is an editor of Stillness in a Mobile World (Routledge, 2011) and The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities (Routledge, 2014).

Associate Professor Cathy Banwell (National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health)

Associate Professor Cathy Banwell completed a MA (social anthropology) at Auckland University, New Zealand and conducted a PhD in the Department of Community Medicine at Melbourne University. For many years, she has brought an anthropological perspective to public health problems. She is currently located at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (ANU).  Her research interests include; understanding the socio-cultural determinants of public health; temporal dimensions of health; consumption and risk relating to food, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use; reproductive health, family and social issues of women who use illicit drugs. She convenes a masters level course on qualitative research analysis.

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