This exploratory seminar brought together a range of social science researchers and visual media experts, working within and across a variety of fields, to explore the challenges and opportunities of using visual media in the representation of research findings.
The role of visual media in the communication of qualitative and quantitative research findings is under-researched. These can include: mapping and graphics; film and video; and hyper- and multi- media websites. Key issues that were addressed and debated at the seminar included:
- contested notions of voice, agency, ethics, reflexivity and interpretation;
- the role (or not) of participants in relation to representation and dissemination of research findings;
- remit, control and collaboration for researchers and disseminators in mediated research findings;
- the implications for researchers, research and findings in using visual media for dissemination;
- responsibilities, challenges and opportunities in representing data to a diverse and distinct audiences; and
- funding, feedback and impact in using visual media to communicate research findings.
Chair: Professor Rosalind Edwards (University of Southampton)
Discussant: Dr Emma Renold (Cardiff University)
- Reithian principles for communicating research findings in the twenty-first century – Inform, educate and engage (Joanna Mack and Pete Mitton, The Open University)
- VJM Visual Intelligence and the London School of Economics: bringing your research project to the attention of a global audience (TBC)
- Facilitating relationship support for ‘mixed’ couples and families: academic and voluntary sector collaboration on visualization of findings (Elaine Bauer, London South Bank University)
- Visualising bodies in place: reflections on a participatory film-making project with young people (Emma Renold and Gabrielle Ivinson, Cardiff University)
- Visualising numbers: when is it good to map statistical analyses? (Scott Orford, Cardiff University)