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Introduction to Multimodal workshop


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Introduction to Multimodal workshop

  1. 1. Developing Capacity in Multimodal Research, Community Engagement and Energy Demand Reduction, July 4-5th 2013, Cardiff City Hall
  2. 2. Welcome & Background to Workshop • Energy & Communities (E&C) Joint Venture (ESRC/EPSRC) (2010-2015) • strategic objective: to make a significant contribution to research on energy demand reduction as part of Energy Research Programme • research to involve stakeholder engagement to inform energy reduction at community level
  3. 3. Why develop capacity in multimodal research (MR)? 1. A field of innovative methodological development in the social sciences: with potential to enhance research-user engagement in the field of sustainable energy & energy demand reduction   2. Continuation of key legacies; MR as developed by QUALITI and Ethnography in the Digital Age (Cardiff University) – by taking account of the more complex multi-modality of meaning that is afforded when working with assemblages of talk, text, images (photographic and video) and sound
  4. 4. Why develop capacity in multimodal research (MR)? 3. Two E&C teams with complementary multi-modal methodological strengths:  Goldsmiths ‘sustainability innovation and community co-design’– engaging participants through visual, aural, oneiric, emotional & physical affordances of objects, artifacts and co-production events  Cardiff ‘Energy Biographies’ - innovative visual, temporal /qualitative longitudinal & narrative methods for engaging people in their routine uses of energy - Engaging creatively with multiple forms of qualitative data - Enhancing principles and practices of qualitative data analysis - Opening up spaces for reflection outside regulatory imperatives of demand reduction
  5. 5. A creative alliance of social scientists with the arts & humanities? • Creative design, performance arts scholarship, social studies of science & technology • AHRC network (Henwood & Lavery, 2013-14) “making sense of sustainability (including sustainable energy) through environmental futures dialogue: An arts & social sciences collaboration” • Compositional strategies, research as writing, narrative practice/meaning-making, making sensorial-worldly connections • Capacious research – accommodating imagination & the “as yet undefined ontological object”
  6. 6. Aims of the 2-day workshop 1. Promote methodological development & innovation in multimodal research 2. Use MR to consider ways to enhance research-user engagement 3. Increase MR capability among researchers and ongoing projects concerned with sustainable communities, low carbon transitions and energy demand reduction
  7. 7. Activities over the 2 days…. • Format involves invited talks, panel & plenary discussions, & workshops in world café style • Day one – working creatively and analytically with multi-modal data (MMD) • Day two – multimodality and public engagement
  8. 8. As a result of the workshop activities, we should be in a better position to …. • Significantly boost the creative capacity & insights of attendees & projects in ways not initially accommodated within their original awards • Transfer gains made to other researcher, policy & practitioner communities – through demonstrating increased MR capacities within our respective dissemination events & publications • Key stimulus (at the workshop) - take forward plans for devising a mobile exhibition of work conducted across E&C projects, to involve drawing together a set of carefully designed, interactive and site based digital resources & productions • Some will be pre-existing while others may be developed as a result of the collaborations started at the workshop
  9. 9. Energy Biographies Karen Henwood Catherine Butler Karen Parkhill Nick Pidgeon Fiona Shirani
  10. 10. Energy Biographies Karen Henwood Catherine Butler Karen Parkhill Nick Pidgeon Fiona Shirani