Forthcoming Methods@manchester events

What is? Talks

What is Sound and Social Research: Orality to Aurality? Rupert Cox, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. Thursday 18 March, 1 – 2pm, room 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street

Sound in the social sciences is mainly an object of study articulated as the words of interviewees and typically transcribed as text. However, words and the sonic environment they are part of may not be simply reducible to written concepts. They are performative and engage modes of listening which imbricate the senses and may be usefully approached by other practical mean which involve making recordings and playing recordings back. The essence of the method therefore is: Listening, Recording and Playing back.

What are Risk Scores? Ian Plewis, Social Statistics and CCSR, Thursday 25 March, 1 – 2pm, room 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street

The main motivations for constructing risk scores are to classify and to predict and thus to aid decision making in conditions of uncertainty. The thinking that lies behind the construction and use of risk scores might be applied more widely. A common approach, often found in developmental psychology for example, is to relate a set of childhood experiences and circumstances to psychopathological adolescent and adult outcomes.

CCSR short courses

Introduction to Data Analysis Part 1 – 31st March 2010

This course provides an introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative data analysis, focusing on the social survey, with a focus on the use of crosstabulation to explore the relationship between categorical variables. It includes a series of practical sessions including using the statistical software package SPSS to explore a government dataset.

Introduction to Data Analysis Part 2 – 1st April 2010

This course provides an introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative data analysis for interval variables, focussing on the techniques of correlation and linear regression.

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Note – although some courses charge for attendance, there may be some free places available to Manchester University Humanities researchers.

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People Like Us – Friday 16 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

Analysing Education, Family, Work and Welfare in Modern Societies: Methodological Approaches and Empirical Evidence – 30 September – 2 October 2010, Welcome Conference Hotel, Bamberg, Germany

The European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), the European Science Foundation (ESF) Social Science Programmes ‘Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) 2’ and ‘TransEurope’ will be joining forces in 2010 to host a three-day conference. The conference welcomes abstracts for presentations by Senior and Junior Researchers as well as PhD Students from all across Europe and beyond. Abstracts should not exceed a length of 200 words and should cover main hypotheses, data, methodology and expected conclusions. They must be sent to the respective Local Stream Organizer no later than 31 March 2010 using the electronic abstract submission form on the conference web page at The call for papers is available to download in PDF format at

Details of all methods@manchester events can be found at

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