CONNECTIONS, EMOTIONS, EMPATHY: HOW DO WE CONCEPTUALISE AND USE AFFECT AND EMOTIONS IN QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH?
Sixth Colloquium in Qualitative Health Research
Thursday 6th May – Friday 7th May 2010, University of East Anglia, Norwich
AIM: Recently, qualitative health and social science research has emphasised the need to think theoretically about how to conceptualise connections, relations and divisions between healthcare practitioners, technologies, patients and researchers. Affect and emotions are major research topics and have led researchers to ask how do human connections and relations influence qualitative research? Recent thought in qualitative research has suggested that affect and emotions should not be avoided but indeed used for improving research. Emotions, empathy and intimacy are not pure affects of human behaviour, but they shape what connects us, relates us and divides us and can be used to gain a better understanding of what and who we are researching. Yet, in qualitative health research, affect and its manifestations as emotions, empathy and intimacy have not yet been conceptualised. This two day colloquium welcomes health and social care professionals and social scientists researching health, illness and medicine, to examine in this topic.
DISCUSSION TOPICS will include: conceptualising affect and emotions in establishing research relationships; in understanding health care relationships; in understanding human-machine interrelations; in health professionals’ self-care; in reconceptualising research with children.
Healthcare researchers, social scientists and practictioners are welcome.
Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia, Norwich, GB. May 6th to 7th, 2010; deadline for abstract submission: 19th of April 2010
Mrs Joanne Durrant
Faculty of Health Admissions Office
Edith Cavell Building
University of East Anglia
GB-Norwich NR4 7UL
Phone:+44 1603 591846
Fax: +44 1603 597019
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