Friday, May 20, 2011

The Journal Project at International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry

I am sitting in Illini B--my gallery space for today and tomorrow. It's interesting to be quiet and just look at the things as they have been arranged on the dividers.

A few people have wandered in...not sure they were looking for me, but they stopped to look. A couple of people have stopped to fill out the prayer slips.

I am going to be giving my "gallery talk" at 3:30--that's coming up in 15 minutes. I am not sure I will have an audience, but I am here.

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Internet Research at ICQI: Qualitative Research Moving Into New Zones

My first 8:00 am session at today's International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry was a new I slipped in late to a very good session on Internet Research. (#1004)

Lois Scheidt, whom I have encountered at several previous ICQI meetings, was in the midst of her presentation, talking about the issues related to informed consent with teens in online worlds. She is working in public sites, and must obtain consent from the online participants. This is a situation where parental consent has to be waived. She commented that "IRB thinking" should be part of our total research design, we should always be looking forward and working through the issues of human subjects.

The next presentation were from two researchers at Bowling Green University. Radhika Gajjala led the research that was "Intergenerational/Interactive Exploration of Performance of Gendered "Indianness" in Online Social Networks. She talked about the way that up until now most Facebook research has had a Western slant--US/UK/affluent/educated. The research she presnted today is part of a larger project on "Performing India in Online Spaces."

She discussed the issues of studying transnational, women's issues, people who are living privately in public spaces. She discussed the places that presented opportunities for study: online games; sports; Bollywood.

She presented a joint presentation that moved back and forth between the ways an older person enters the online world...and the ways a younger person does.

The follow up conversation dealt with issues of ethics...I missed the first presentation that I believe had to do with a study of sexually oriented websites and online discussions.

I think one of the most interesting questions for me was "What happens when online and offline are not discrete categories? How do we need to acknowledge that there are some people who are not online at all...and they may not all be the poor?

I learned about the "Association of Internet Researchers". I think I may need to do some more investigation of this group.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The 7,024th Patient: Stories of Open Heart Surgery and Recovery

This afternoon I saw the opening of the exhibit named "The 7,024th Patient: Stories of OPen Heart Surgery and Recovery". It was one of the start up activities at the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry.

Jennifer Lapum, a registered nurse, now academic at Ryerson University, spearheaded this unique exhibit.

I walked through the exhibit is a thing of wood, steel, plastic, and fabric. You wind your way deeper into the you read and think about the experience of heart surgery...and then unwind at the other end.

In her talk she described the process. They conducted pre- and post-interviews with heart surgery patients, who also kept a journal during the experience. They created composite stories of patient's experiences from the analyzed data, developing what they termed "zones of experience", and then created poetry from the stories.

This work began with Jennifer's dissertation, but this exhibit itself was developed by a team of researchers that combined medical and arts specialists. The question they asked themselves was: How can we help people to understand the experience of heart surgery? What does it feel like to move through this experience? How can an artistic rendering increase the empathy and understanding of this experience for medical personnel and others?

The designer was also there to talk about her use of materials, styles, etc. as a way of developing the viewer's experience. She spoke of the importance she felt of the viewer winding through the experience and how fabric lent this feeling. She tried to give viewers the sense of the hardness of technology and the softness of the human body. She spoke of the use of 'hints of color' within 'the rational white space'.

Jennifer concluded by reading aloud some of the poetry that is printed on the fabric of the exhibit. It was a very different experience for me to hear the poetry not just read it. It came through to me with a new power. I wonder what it would be like to add audio to different parts of the exhibit.

This was a great official beginning of the conference for me. Now I am heading back for the opening remarks, keynote speakers, and barbecue...I am putting my exhibit up tonight in the space adjoining the heart exhibit. It's a bit daunting!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ICQI: Qualitative Research Abounds

I have arrived in Illinois. Sitting in the Illini Union, surveying the cafe area. Thiss trip I have a special challenge--I don't have a computer, just an Ipad. So this is a new world for me. How to do everything I need in this new environment.

So far, I can't get too my mail files...and I can't figure out how to upload a photo to my blog. I am sure other barriers will surface as I move along, too.

What was very exciting was to be greeted by Norm Denzin and his great crew. I also ran into one of the researchers from Turkey who attended the February conference.

The exhibit space is filled with Jennifer Lapum's crew, assembling that particular exhibit. Mine will go up later.

I've spent time now with the catalog. Choosing sessions is always difficult. I am pushed and pulled by different interests.

I can't help asking myself--where is this field going? How is it going to be able to address the challenges of new media? There are sessions where this mixes in (videoblogs with Photovoice like techniques)...but many more where there is no sense that the technologies are changing dramatically. Does that matter? Is the 'content' more important?

Hm...I still have to figure out the photo issue.

Monday, May 16, 2011

International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: 2011!

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignImage via WikipediaIt's that time again and I am getting ready to head to Champaign, Illinois for the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. 

I will be taking part in two activities:

1.  An Arts Exhibition!!!   The Exhibition related to my Journal Project will be up for two days (Friday and Saturday, May 20th and May 21st) in Illini Room B.  I will be giving a "gallery talk" on Friday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. 

2.  A panel organized by Liora Bresler of the University of Illinois:  Saturday, May 21st
134997  Issues in Arts in Qualitative Research
11:00-12:20 131 English
Chair: Liora Bresler, University of Illinois
Conceptualizing Arts-based Research as Relational Practice, Donal O’Donoghue, University of British Columbia

Contact Improvisation and Lingering Caress in Arts Based Research, Liora Bresler, University of Illinois

The Ethics of Self and Other in Arts-Based Research, Petula Ho Sik Ying, The University of Hong Kong

Technology and Arts-based Research: The Question of Aesthetics within Qualitative Research, Judith Davidson, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Discussant, Johnny Saldana, Arizona State University

Look forward to being there! 
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Qualitative Research and the Future

Here are a couple of trends that I think will have a powerful effect on qualitative research.

1. Big Data

2. Ubiquitous computing

3. Cyber Ethnography

4. Visualization and spatial technologies

I think that these forces will reconceptualize qualitative research around us. So why is the hard core of qualitative research silent on these points?