Summer Institute in Qualitative Research 2015

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Plenary Keynote Speakers

Patricia Clough City University of New York
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

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.

Note: the Summer Institute is now also available as part of a 30 credit unit on ESRI’s Masters of Research (MRes) programme. Applicants wishing to enrol for this unit, which involves payment of an additional fee, should contact us at the address below in the first instance.

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.

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

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

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



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