Forthcoming Methods@manchester events

What is? seminars
What is narrative analysis? Vanessa May, Morgan Centre and Sociology. Thursday 4 March, 1 – 2pm, in room 1.69/1.70, HBS. Narrative is a basic human way of making sense of the world. Narrative analysis mainly focuses on written or oral texts, but can also be used to analyse photographs, films or even dance performances.

 What is event history analysis?  Vanessa Gash, CCSR. Thursday 12 March, 1 – 2pm, in room 1.69/1.70, HBS.Event History Analysis allows researchers to examine the determinants or factors behind the occurrence of events over time. 

If you have further questions following the What is? presentations please post them to Ask Methods:


A talk on the UK Census: Information Sources and Resources by Jo Wathan, CCSR and Justin Hayes, Mimas, will take place on Monday 8 March 2010, 1 – 2pm, in the HBS basement computer lab. No booking is necessary for this event.

Informal discussion
Research ethics         
What exactly do we mean by informed consent?  How can we ensure that research respondents are fully informed? How can we ensure the confidentiality of respondents and the information that they give us? Our next informal discussion will be on the topic of research ethics and will take place on Monday 15 March, 1 – 2pm, in the Hanson Room, Ground Floor, HBS. Katherine Davies, an experienced researcher from the Realities Centre will be taking part. Lunch will be provided but please bring your own drinks. To book a place please go to

Audio-recordings of all the What is? talks are added to the website, usually about one week after the presentation. These are available from the methods pages at

The PowerPoint slides are also available from the What is? event pages.

 Special events
A performance lecture on the Bindunuwewa massacre by James Thompson will take place on Wednesday 10 March 2010, 5 – 6.30 pm, in the John Thaw Studio, Martin Harris Centre. Please email if you plan to attend.

PhD Quantitative Methods Workshop
The first Quantitative Methods Workshop, an informal day of presentations by PhD students, will take place on.Monday 24 May 2010 in Humanities Bridgeford Street, 1.69/1.70. Presentations are invited from current PhD students at any stage in their research. These can cover any aspect of the research process and should last around 10-20 minutes, followed by time for discussion. The deadline for submissions is 26 March. For more information go to

 Other events
A seminar is taking place on 15 March 2010, 12noon – 2pm, in the Institute of Health Sciences seminar rooms G306a, Jean McFarlane Building, titled ‘Using Visual Methods in Research with Young People’ by Dr. Anna Bagnoli, Dept. of Sociology, University of Cambridge. If you would like to attend this free seminar with lunch included please email

A Survey Skills Workshop will take place in Manchester on 17 March 2010. For more information go to  

People Like Us: A 1 Day Conference – Friday 16th April 2010, Manchester Conference Centre

This free to attend conference will examine and discuss the origins and implications of ethnic concentration, or ethnic density. Four sessions covering key topics will be: Migration, mobility and deprivation; Social capital and civic participation; Racism and tolerance; and Health and health inequalities.
If you would like further information and to book please visit  

Details of all methods@manchester events can be found at


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