Monthly Archives: October 2010

Intellectual Craft, David Hesmondhalgh

The latest ICS PhD seminar focussed on the development of research questions and the theoretical background in which they sit. Dave started by discussing the concepts of theory, method and technique and brought our attention to Robert Alford’s  1998 book The … Continue reading

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The real first supervision meeting

Having learnt a lot about the work done in argument visualisation as well as definition, creation and importance of deliberation in policy creation, I met with Stephen again, this time able to really talk about moving forward with the PhD. … Continue reading

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Engaging critically with literature, Giles Moss

In PhD seminar #2, Dr Giles Moss spoke to us about the importance of engaging with literature in a critical way and about the importance of a literature review as well as its purpose and place in a document, particularly … Continue reading

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The nature of deliberation

I have been fascinated to read articles by Ann Macintosh and many others describing the importance of deliberation in contributions used to formulate policy. Ann has summarised clearly the academic consensus on issues of individual voice versus expert opinion and … Continue reading

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Notes from below the surface…

I have so far consumed Judith Donath’s work on internet chat modelling and forum chat mapping (Loom)  as well as reading an awful lot about Warren Sack’s Conversation Map tool. Although both are highly tailored to the threaded and headered … Continue reading

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Scott Wright: Politics as usual? Revolution, normalisation and a new agenda for online deliberation research

The second ICS research seminar of the year featured Scott Wright commenting on the pessimism in reporting the impact of the internet on politics and highlighting the potential of “third spaces” (not work, not home) as platforms for deliberation. Describing … Continue reading

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The research imagination, Stephen Coleman

This PhD seminar with Stephen Coleman described the need for imagination in research. Key topics included: counter-intuitism and the need to consider what to do and what it means if something does not go as expected; reflectivity and the need … Continue reading

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