Dr. Karl Kitching keynote at International Research Methods Summer School
The title of Dr. Kitching's keynote at Mary Immaculate College was 'What can research on education injustice represent? What does it do?'
The International Research Methods Summer School in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, has been running for a number of years. This year's event took place between Friday 19th and Sunday 21st May. Keynote speakers included immediate Past President of the American Educational Research Association, Professor Vivan L. Gadsden, Professor Marie Parker Jenkins, University of Limerick, Dr. Tom Morton, Birkbeck University, and Dr. Ute Romer, Georgia State University. Since the Teacher Education Policy in Europe Conference coincided with this conference, keynotes from Professor Gadsden and Dr. Kitching were open to both audiences.
Karl's presentation focused on the lived ethics and politics of conducting and disseminating research on education and social injustice. He noted how it was possible to assert a set of normative, moral principles on research conduct and dissemination. However, drawing on his research on racisms, religious discrimination and sexualities in Irish education contexts, Karl outlined how the everyday reality of research exceeds these principles in both creative and problematic ways. He drew on Michel Foucault's work on the normalising power of discourses, and Judith Butler's work on performative citation, to argue for a form of research community that practices intensive, open-ended analyses which defy neat categorisation and reifications of dis/advantage that are present in education policy and practice. Finally, he examined the merits of post-representational, feminist and Deleuzian research genres that ask not just what our research findings are, but what our research does: what generative and problematic relationships it can enter into.
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Dr. Karl Kitching: K.Kitching@ucc.ie