Methodological Innovations Conference 2017
  • Room 605, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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Please note new date: 25th May, 09:00-17:00.

The Institute of Health and Community are delighted to invite you to their interdisciplinary Methodological Innovations Conference with a theme showcasing contemporary, collaborative and creative approaches to research questions.

The conference offers a unique opportunity to debate current and future issues of relevance, with delegates drawn from different disciplines and professional areas.

The keynote presentation is entitled: ‘Working towards an antidote to anti-ageing’ and will be given by Professor Jayne Raisborough, School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, Leeds Becket University (see abstract below).

The Poet Laureate for Plymouth Thom Boulton, also known as Blaidh Nemorlith, will be in attendance throughout the day and his performance at the conference close will draw on some of the things he has heard.

The programme is now outlined (see above link) with contributions from academics, practitioners and postgraduates under the following streams:

  • Creative, Visual and Auto/biography
  • Collaborative and Participatory Approaches
  • Patient/Participant Experience.

This conference is free to attend, but booking is essential via the above link.

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Keynote abstract

‘Working towards an antidote to anti-ageing’

Cultural Gerontology recognises the psychosocial harms when ‘old’ is represented as a stigmatised identity and the importance of alternative cultural representations. We face two obstacles: the first is the difficulty of creating ‘alternative’ representations when we are situated, to different degrees, in anti-ageing cultures. The second is the assumption that alternatives work as such when perceived by different audiences. One way of addressing these is to make explicit the interpretative frameworks that shape representations and to find ways of presenting these to audiences. This paper discusses the ongoing development of a new methodology ‘metafictive framing’ which aims to break us from a current impasse. 

Jayne discusses how she constructed this methodology from a critical blending of feminist methodological principles, a new focus on voice (Couldry, 2010), metafiction (a self-conscious fiction) and a politics of recognition.

She discusses how this methodology fed into a portfolio of methods aimed at exploring just how and why women respond to mainstream media anti-ageing messages (‘text in action’ method) and what informs their responses (life stories, interviews and workshops). The methodology demands the making of an alternative media representation, and Jayne discusses the making of the co-produced film ‘women and ageing’. Interesting tensions between the creative aspirations for the film and the theoretical and political are discussed here as we watch the six minute film. 

This paper claims that explicit framing can contribute to the effectiveness of alternate representation. It argues that attention to the construction of alternative representations is crucial to the interrogation of anti-ageing, but it acknowledges that this may take ongoing relationships with participants and a variety of media outputs. Nonetheless, this paper argues that attention to the construction of alternative representations is a much needed step in our critique and counter of stigmatising representations of age and ageing.

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