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Visual Narratives as Research Data

Date / Time: 8 February 2017

Professor Eva Alerby and Dr Susanne Westman will presesnt a lecture and workshop on Visual Narratives as Research Data on 8 February 2017 at the Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Gate 5, Hilcrest Road, Hamilton.

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Professor Eva Alerby is Professor of Education at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Professor Alerby is engaged in the field of philosophy of education. Her research interests are relations, identity and diversity in education, as well as existential dimensions of education, with a particular focus on time, place and silence. Her qualitative empirical studies have involved using visual narratives, mostly with children.

Dr Susanne Westman is Senior lecturer at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Dr Westman’s research focuses on early childhood education and care, students engagement and teacher professionalism in an era of globalization and changing educational policies. Westman explores these aspects and philosophical perspectives of education with teachers.

Experiences can be expressed in many different ways, and within this lecture and workshop we want to stress the human ability to use many forms of languages. Polanyi (1969) claims that, beyond our ordinary spoken or written words, there is a rich domain of the unspeakable that constantly beckons us. Merleau-Ponty (1995) also stresses that not everything can be communicated verbally – there is something that exists beyond what is said, something that cannot be communicated verbally, which he calls a silent and implicit language. This silent and implicit language can appear through visual presentations, such as different kinds of art forms. One way to evoke some of what lies hidden in the tacit domain of our knowledge is therefore to use different forms of visual expression (Alerby, 2014; Alerby & Bergmark, 2012).
In this lecture and workshop we will explore the basic theoretical assumption of visual narratives, drawing on the philosophy of the lifeworld. In addition we will open for a discussion and problematization of other possible theoretical assumptions, such as new-materialism. During the workshop, we will invite participants to explore the use of visual narratives in their own research practice.

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