Call for Abstracts RC21 Conference. New Delhi - September 18-21, 2019.
Panel title “Innovative research methodologies of urbanity: new techniques of data collection, visualization and interpretation for collaborative and impactful research.”
One of the persistent challenges of conducting research in urban and regional sociology is the use of innovative research methodologies that make justice to the diversity of contexts and data that we encounter in social and urban life. From researching new phenomena, understudied regions or diverse networks of complex urban actors, using and creating methodologies that could enlighten our research questions and fit our fieldwork is still a complex process. Innovative methodologies of urbanity would have to address and move beyond the use of traditional qualitative and quantitative research methods in sociology and to engage with other techniques of data collection, representation or interpretation. A fresh approach to research methods could engage with techniques borrowed from other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, including mapping, GPS tracking, visual and audio-visual methods, reporting tools or platforms, or a combination of these. This panel would like to explore the possibilities of integrating innovative methods for researching urbanity, encouraging reflexivity on how research questions are formed through methods, how empirical material arises from the field and in which ways our informants or participants collaborate or co-investigate with us. This reflexive approach could also open up discussions about the generation of ad-hoc methodologies, according to specific localities, especially when researching in the Global South context. We suggest that experimentation with traditional and new methodologies could enhance our inquiry into social and urban life, contributing to theorizations about urbanity and to create further impact with academic research.
We invite researchers to submit a contribution including title, up to 5 keywords, and a 300-word abstract to the conveners Paz Concha ([log in to unmask]) and Leslie Parraguez ([log in to unmask]) and cc your submission to [log in to unmask]
Deadline: 20th January 2019.
Dr Paz Concha
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