CfP:DOING RESEARCH ON PARTICIPATION: Methods and data for understanding everyday participation

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DOING RESEARCH ON PARTICIPATION: Methods and data for understanding everyday participation

DATE CHANGE: 25th-26th of May, 2016

Manchester, UK


This conference forms part of ‘Understanding Everyday Participation – Articulating Cultural Values’ (UEP –, a five-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Creative Scotland. The UEP project is exploring the dynamics of, and stakes attached to, informal and ‘unofficial’ participation practices, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between participation and place, and on mixed methods approaches to representing and understanding cultural participation.

Conference Aims

The purpose of this conference is to re-visit the role of methods in cultural participation research. We plan to address this from the two, overlapping, perspectives of conceptually- and empirically-driven work calling, on the one hand, for papers which showcase research focused on understanding participation from different methodological perspectives (methods in practice), and on the other hand, contributions highlighting the importance of the study of methods for understanding participation (methodological rationales).

We invite contributions from a broad array of non-exclusive themes and questions within research on participation and methods, including:

  • 1.     How to conceive of participation methodologically?
  • 2.     What to measure about participation and why?
  • 3.     How to approach ‘non-participation’?
  • 4.     Capturing the times and timing of participation – time use, biography, history.
  • 5.     Understanding the scales and mobilities of participation – the role of space and place, from nations to localities and across boundaries
  • 6.     Tackling (not so) new dimensions of participation: social networks, technologies, big data and social media.
  • 7.     How and why to mix methods for participation research?

Such topics should be of interest to academics working in disciplines such as Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Consumption, Social and Cultural History, the Arts, Leisure, and Sports. We also welcome contributions from practitioners, policymakers and other professionals in the fields of cultural participation and social research methods. We particularly encourage applications from those conducting interdisciplinary studies.

Invited keynote speakers include:

  • ·      Philippe Coulangeon (Sciences Po, France).
  • ·      Nick Crossley (University of Manchester, UK).
  • ·      Tally Katz-Gerro (University of Haifa, Israel).
  • ·      Terhi-Anna Wilska (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

In addition to keynote speakers, guest speakers and session leaders include: Predrag Cveticanin (TIMS, Serbia), Laurie Hanquinet (University of York, UK), Semi Purhonen (University of Tampere, Finland) and Understanding Everyday Participation team members.

Please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed presentation as a Word document (.doc, .docx) by e-mail by January 31st, 2016.

Proposals should include the title of your talk and indicate which of the seven conference themes it addresses. Please include in your Email your full affiliation and contact details, together with those of any co-authors.

Key dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2016.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: February 22, 2016.

Deadline for delegates’ registration: May 13, 2016.



Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

Registration fees:

Early bird fees (starting at February 22, 2016):

£75 Students and PhD researchers, £100 Full (limited places)

Standard fees (starting at March 31, 2016):

£100 Students and PhD researchers, £125 Full

Further information for delegates, registration process and travel information will be published due in course.

Conference Committee

  • Adrian Leguina (University of Manchester)
  • Andrew Miles (University of Manchester)
  • Claire Huyton (University of Manchester)

For further information about the conference, please visit:

We look forward to see you in Manchester!


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