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MNW Interdisciplinary Workshop: Methods, Measurement and the Problem of Scale

The University of Manchester

21 June 2016

12.00pm - 4.45pm

Exploring Feminist Legal Research

University of Liverpopol

29 June 2016

1.00pm - 3.00pm

MNW Interdisciplinary Workshop: Method, measurement and the problem of scale

Tuesday 21 June 2016, 12pm-4.45pm

Venue: The University of Manchester, Cordingley Lecture Theatre

Scale is a problem that researchers of all kinds, whether they turn their analytical attention to the big or the small, the present or the past, grapple with as a feature of what they study. Scale poses problems in terms of methodological approaches and techniques (how do we cope with data on a very large or very small scale?), but scale and scales/scaling are also concepts/tools we employ to address those problems. While scale has gained renewed visibility through discussions of the potentials and pitfalls of working with Big Data and digital devices, it is an issue which is closely tied to age-old debates on measurement and representation – how do you build scales that capture or allow us to better understand the character of social phenomena of all kinds? How do you make sense of the scales social actors employ to make sense of and manage the world?  Increasingly, researchers also have to think about what might be involved in scaling up or scaling down, i.e. in moving between scales, and what constitutes the appropriate level for social inquiry.

The purpose of this workshop, aimed at DTC students, is to bring together leading researchers working across different fields of inquiry, each with significant international expertise in the social science and arts and humanities, to discuss and reflect upon the problem of scale in a variety of its contemporary forms and ways of productively and creatively engaging with it.

The workshop will take the form of six talks, an interactive problem-focused session and a roundtable discussion.

Presenters are set to include Dr Kenneth Smith (Liverpool), Professor Rachel Gibson (Manchester), Dr Andrew Redden (Liverpool), Dr Thomas House (Manchester) and Professor Peter Diggle (Lancaster)

12.00 - 12.30pm Welcome  
12.30 - 1.00pm Scales in music: symmetry and asymmetry Dr Kenneth Smith (Liverpool)
1.00 - 1.30pm The challenges of merging survey data with big data Professor Rachel Gibson (Manchester)
1.30 - 2.00pm Design and analysis of longitudinal studies: the impact of correlation scale Professor Peter Diggle (Lancaster)
2.00 - 2.30pm Interactive problem focussed session  
2.30 - 2.45pm Break  
2.45 - 3.15pm Getting big information from small data Dr Thomas House (Manchester)
3.15 - 3.45pm Scale: History and the collapse of time Dr Andrew Redden (Liverpool)
3.45 - 4.45pm Roundtable  

Programme subject to change

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Exploring Feminist Legal Research

Wednesday 29 June 2016, 1pm-3pm

Venue: University of Liverpool, Room TBC

Instructor: Dr. Jamie-Lee Mooney

This short research seminar will explore some of the issues raised by feminist research. The aims and objectives of this session are as follows:

  • To raise awareness of law’s relationship with other disciplines. 
  • To examine the way in which feminist theories and perspectives can be applied to law.
  • To understand that critique of the law does not have to be internal.
  • To consider the pros and cons of feminist perspectives in legal research.
  • To explore the theoretical insights of different schools of feminist legal theory and their application to feminist law reform.
  • To explore whether your PhD thesis could/does incorporate a feminist perspective.

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