Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
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The program for the 3rd International Symposium on Relational Research will include a mix of keynote talks followed by small group conversations, as well as online poster and paper presentations, and online dialogues.
Presentations and small group dialogues - Live conference call/webinar using a Zoom Conference Calling PlatformDay 1 - Sept 25 (Tuesday) All Translated. (English/Spanish) US Eastern time
Asynchronous - Posters, Papers, Online Discussions for the rest of the day on the Taos Online Learning Platform (ning).
Day 2 - Sept 26 (Wednesday) All Translated.(English/Spanish) US Eastern time
Sept. 21 - 28 - Join Online for Asynchronous - Posters, Papers, Online Discussions on the Taos Online Learning Platform (https://taoslearning.ning.com/groups2/global-relational-research-network).
The Keynote Talks:
Keynote 1 - Insights on How Research is ChangingKeynote talk and dialogue with Sheila McNamee & Ken Gergen25th September 10.15 – 11.15 am NY time
Research is changing. From a positivist fundamentalism approach towards a more relational ontology and a relational orientation to research. The subject/object split is being replaced by the notion of co-researchers and co-authors, transforming our research practice from mirroring to more future forming visons of inquiry. This enables research to take new heights and shape new worlds.
During this keynote, Sheila and Ken will invite you into a dialogue based on their insights:
Keynote 2 – Research from an Indigenous PerspectiveKeynote and dialogue with Monica Mulrennan25th September 12:15 – 1:15 pm NY time
In this conversation, we will explore the nuances of doing research, as a non-native/first nation's people, with people from these communities. We will also reflect on the questions: How do we engage in research processes in ways that do not reinforce colonization? What do we have to keep in mind when attempting to do research that contributes to decolonization?
“If we assume we are guests, we are welcome. If we assume we are welcome, we are no longer guests.”
Prior to the keynote we invite you to watch this 5-minute video Decolonizing Methodologies: Can relational research be a basis for renewed relationships?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqYiCrZKm0M
Keynote 3 – Community Research
Keynote with Kristin Bodiford, Celiane Camargo-Borges, Jan DeFehr25th September 1:45 – 2:30 pm NY timeSpecific research examples of community research will be shared that are foundationally dialogic and collaborative with hopes for generative and transformative possibilities for all involved.
Celiane Camargo-Borges and Kristin Bodiford will share their experience working in collaboration with Health Nest Uganda to strengthen health and health services from the point of older persons and health professionals.
Jan offers her practice example of action research embracing dialogic inquiry with a local community health clinic. Jan DeFehr will be able to share soon an article on Dialogic social inquiry. Stay tuned!
Keynote 4 - Doing Relational Research: Compassionate and Collaborate Interviewing/Dialogic and Evocative WritingKeynote with Carolyn Ellis & Jenny HelinSeptember 26, 10:15 – 11:15 am NY time
This discussion will focus on doing interviews from a relational ethic of care, which emphasizes the role of connection and feeling to guide our work. Using this approach, the researcher asks: what is going on here, what is needed to make this interaction go well, to honor the other person and bring more love and kindness into what we do and who we are as researchers.
Researchers and participants work collaboratively, sharing authority and responsibility. They listen deeply to, speak responsibly with, feel passionately for, share vulnerably with, and connect relationally and ethically to each other with care.
Then researchers—often in collaboration with participants—write and tell stores empathically, respectfully, and evocatively, accompanied by a desire to relieve or prevent suffering and bring readers into the emotions and relational dynamics of the story. We will discuss this research approach and provide a short (8 minute) excerpt from an interview with a survivor of the Holocaust to demonstrate and open discussion about this method.
Prior to the keynote we invite you to watch this 8-minute movie illustrating inquiry practice:
Furthermore, we suggest a few articles that we encourage you to read to become acquainted with the guiding philosophies and practices behind our work:
Keynote 5 - Editors' Wisdom: What Everyone Ought To Know About How To Publish Relational ResearchKeynote with Harlene Anderson and Saliha Bava (IJCDP), Gail Simon (Murmurations), Ron Chenail, Dan Wulff, and Sally St. George (TQR)Sept. 26th 12:15 – 1:30 pm NY time
Six journal editors from Murmurations, The Qualitative Report, and the International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practices, share ideas and suggestions on how to improve our manuscripts and research reports to get published in qualitative research journals. Relational research methodologies could contest traditional qualitative methods, designs, and reports, these experienced presenters will discuss how to minimize barriers to disseminate relational research work.
Questions for small group dialogues if you have them:
Links, articles, resources that you want to share: