12th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urban-Champaign, Illinois.

Neil Carey recently participated in the 12th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) which was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during May 18-21, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Qualitative Research in Neoliberal Times’.
The conference was preceded by a day of special interest group (SIG) meetings and Neil participated in of these for the SIG in Critical and Poststructural Psychology. With a panel of other speakers, he responded to and the question: What critical and post-structural theories do in qualitative research? The panel consisted of Angelo Benozzo, Svend Brinkman, Gale Cannella, Neil Carey, Marco Gemignani, Kenneth Gergen, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, and Michael Kral, with each participant providing a provocation before opening the debate to the wider group of SIG participants. A wide-ranging discussion covered themes including: Post-inflected qualitative inquiry, Action and voice in qualitative research, power and social justice as a fundamental basis for qualitative research, Feminist inspired research, Indigenous Knowledge, and the need for a consideration of taking care of the researcher in such research endeavours.
Neil’s second paper was titled: Post-qualitative Movements: from Work Past to Future Uncertainty. Poststructuralism in the Neoliberal University in which he discussed the possibilities for transferring the poststructuralist sensibilities developed in his PhD to his current work as coordinator for Internationalisation in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. Given the theme of the conference, this presentation called for re-thinking the idea that the internationalisation agenda in the academy be refracted through a critical lens so as to disrupt current notions that position internationalisation synonymously with neo-liberalism.
The conference was opened by two keynote addresses delivered on the Thursday evening, and was followed by two days of conference sessions which covered a range of topics including Arts-Based Research, Critical Qualitative research, Qualitative Health Research, and Critical Qualitative Psychology research. Professor Maggie Maclure, from the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, delivered one of the keynotes. Her well-received paper asked the conference to consider the nature, purpose and intensity of conducting all forms of (critical) qualitative research.
ICQI is an ideal conference to take new and existing qualitative research work – and especially work that has a social justice agenda at its heart.

Congratulations to Dr Maxine Horne

Maxine Horne has succesfully been awarded her doctorate for her thesis entitled:

‘Care to Dance:Listening, Watching, Dancing and Reflecting the Practice of a Community Arts and Health Dance Artist working with Older People’

Her supervisors were: Professor Rebecca Lawthom (Director of Studies), Dr Jenny Fisher, Dr Rachel Swindells and Dr Laura Brown (University of Manchester).

New Article from Jenny, Rebecca and Carolyn

Jenny Fisher, Rebecca Lawthom and Carolyn Kagan have had an article published in Local Economy ‘Delivering on the Big Society? Tensions in hosting community organisers.’ It is online first and available at: http://lec.sagepub.com/content/early/recent

Jenny, Rebecca and Carolyn led a Cabinet Office funded project to host community organisers at Manchester Metropolitan University between 2011 and 2012.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT): Young people’s health in the UK: A literature review with a focus on needs, barriers and practice

Dr Vanessa Fay is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and is a visiting Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has undertaken a literature review on the health of LGBT young people’ health with a focus on needs, barriers and practice.


Click here to read the literature review

Seminar Series – Professor Abigail Locke

A discourse of ‘we’: gendered subjectivities and caregiving in UK ‘stay-at-home-dads’

Abigail Locke, The University of Huddersfield

Using a critical social psychological lens, this current work presents a critical discursive analysis from a research project on stay-at-home dads in the UK. Stay-At-Home-Dads are an apparent growing phenomena within the UK with more fathers reportedly taking on the primary caregiving role.  Reporting on interviews with fathers who had become the primary caregiver for their children, the analysis uncovered a discourse of ‘we’. That is, whilst the fathers were performing the majority of the childcare, when it came to discussions around their families and decision making in their parenting roles, the fathers talked in a discourse of partnership and joint decision making with their breadwinning partners.  The paper explores this partnership discourse in more detail, relating it to parenting norms and gendered subjectivities.  As social policy towards parenting evolves towards ideals of ‘shared parenting’, an in-depth understanding of caregiving fathers is an important task.


Wednesday, 16 March 2016 from 12:00 to 13:30 (GMT)


BR 1.66, Brooks Building, Birley Fields Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6GX