Expert Talks

Abstracts, readings, recorded sessions

CHRISTINE PLEINES – USING INTERVIEWS AS A RESEARCH INSTRUMENT

This session focusses on theoretical and practical aspects of using interviews for collecting data within a qualitative or mixed-methods research design. We will refer to different types of interview, and consider the advantages, drawbacks and relevant critiques of this popular research instrument. Participants are encouraged to talk about their own intentions and experiences and shareContinue reading “CHRISTINE PLEINES – USING INTERVIEWS AS A RESEARCH INSTRUMENT”

CLAIRE HEWSON – GATHERING RESEARCH DATA ONLINE: PRACTICAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

In this session I will outline some of the different opportunities and methods for gathering primary research data online. The session will cover a range of approaches, including web-based surveys, the use of social media services, and ‘big data’ approaches. Both the practicalities and ethics of internet research methods will be considered. Practical issues includeContinue reading “CLAIRE HEWSON – GATHERING RESEARCH DATA ONLINE: PRACTICAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS”

FRANCO ZAPPETTINI – CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS: CONCEPTS, METHODS, APPLICATIONS

This presentations focuses on CDA as a method of social enquiry that foregrounds language and communication as paramount in the construction, maintenance and challenging of social dynamics and social realities. The presentation will discuss the key ontologies and methodologies associated with CDA as well as providing specific examples of their applications to the analysis ofContinue reading “FRANCO ZAPPETTINI – CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS: CONCEPTS, METHODS, APPLICATIONS”

JAN KRASNI – MEANING MAKING IN DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT (APPARATUS THEORY AND MULTIMODAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS ONLINE)

In this session, we will discuss the meaning making processes in the digital environment. The multimodal approach deals with the role of different sensory semiotic elements, i.e. with (the affordances of) the displayed relation of the visual, linguistic, auditory channels and their combination in the design of the respective composition. The apparatus or dispositif theoryContinue reading “JAN KRASNI – MEANING MAKING IN DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT (APPARATUS THEORY AND MULTIMODAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS ONLINE)”

JASPAL NAVEEL SINGH – ETHNOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE STUDIES: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS

In this lecture, I will provide a historical sketch of the foundations of ethnographic discourse studies. Students will learn how, over the course of the last century, the ethnographic study of discourse has developed a rigorous understanding of the importance of context and contextualisation. Contexts make discursive fragments socially meaningful and context is therefore alsoContinue reading “JASPAL NAVEEL SINGH – ETHNOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE STUDIES: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS”

MARTINA EMKE – ONTOLOGY: FROM SOCIO-CULTURALISM TO POST-HUMANISM

What happens when your entire world view changes during your doctoral study? How can you successfully continue with your research? This presentation encourages (doctoral) researchers not to shy away from the big ‘O’ (Ontology) question and to actively work with ontology in their research to produce concepts that “expose us to the interesting, the remarkable,Continue reading “MARTINA EMKE – ONTOLOGY: FROM SOCIO-CULTURALISM TO POST-HUMANISM”

MUGE SATAR – MULTIMODALITY/ SOCIAL SEMIOTICS

This session will start with a definition of social semiotics as a method to investigate meaning-making. First, we will explore the relevance of social semiotics in enriching our understanding of multimodal communicative competence, multiliteracies, and translanguaging practices. Then, we will explore the key premises and key methodological tools of social semiotics: signs, modes and modalContinue reading “MUGE SATAR – MULTIMODALITY/ SOCIAL SEMIOTICS”

NEIL SUMMERS – FROM SCHOOLBOY TO NURSE TO LECTURER TO COUNSELLOR: AN AUTO ETHNOGRAPHY OF DECONSTRUCTIONS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS OF THE SELF AS A LEARNER”

This study explores the constructs of self and how learning has been influenced over a lifespan. Autoethnographic narrative methods were used to explore key learning experiences using a timeline to trace significant occurrences that influenced learning over a lifespan. This story telling method is used to illuminate and build historical narratives to challenge and shapeContinue reading “NEIL SUMMERS – FROM SCHOOLBOY TO NURSE TO LECTURER TO COUNSELLOR: AN AUTO ETHNOGRAPHY OF DECONSTRUCTIONS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS OF THE SELF AS A LEARNER””

URSULA STICKLER & LIJING SHI : EYETRACKING IN A SOCIO-CULTURAL FRAMEWORK

Eyetracking has been used in Applied Linguistics research mainly for reading and related tasks. However, eyetracking can also give us information about the focus of attention during synchronous online speaking tasks. By recording students’ and teachers’ gaze movements during computer-mediated tutorials we can make tentative claims about their attention. Stimulated reflection interviews based on viewingContinue reading “URSULA STICKLER & LIJING SHI : EYETRACKING IN A SOCIO-CULTURAL FRAMEWORK”

YANNIK PORSCHÉ – ETHNOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE STUDIES: METHODOLOGICAL OPERATIONALISATIONS

In this lecture, I build on Jaspal Naveel Singh’s Thursday’s lecture on historical foundations of ethnographic discourse studies to explore how to operationalise some of the key ideas. To illustrate strengths and limits of ethnographic and discourse analytic methods I present field notes and transcripts from two Studies of Work research projects – one ofContinue reading “YANNIK PORSCHÉ – ETHNOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE STUDIES: METHODOLOGICAL OPERATIONALISATIONS”