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A course for psychosocial researchers taking place at UCL Institute of Education and supported by the Association for Psychosocial Studies and the University of Birmingham
Course tutors: Claudia Lapping, Ian McGimpsey, Felipe Acuna, Mohamed Elshirazy
Dates: Mon 1st, Tues 2nd and Weds 3rd July, 10 am – 4pm
Location: UCL Room: B06 Drayton House, 30 Gordon Street, WC1H 0QB
UCL students – as usual
Non UCL students: Please contact Claudia Lapping: email@example.com
Overview: Whenever we are teaching or discussing psychosocial approaches to the analysis of data, we come up against a question: how does a psychoanalytically informed approach differ from narrative analysis or discourse analysis? In this course we want to address this question very directly. We will do this through a combination of theoretical and practical exercises to explore the production and analysis of instances of narrative and/or free association. We will discuss:
- The meanings of ‘narrative’ and ‘free association’ within a variety of literary, qualitative research and psychoanalytic frameworks, and in popular culture
- Contrasting approaches we might use in identifying or producing ‘narratives’ or ‘free associations’ in the process of research
- And the way conceptualisations of ‘narrative’ and ‘free association’ might have implications for the analysis of research data
Some key axes of difference include the ways in which different approaches think about language, subjectivity, the unconscious and the possibility of understanding or (mis)recognition between researcher and researched.
Why is this important? We believe these issues are central to the politics of research, and to the relation between politics and trauma. We have a hunch that narrative and free associative approaches pull in slightly different directions in relation to both the production of subjectivity and the formulation of political strategy and tactics in the field of social research.
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