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CGED Research Seminar Series

Workshop: Queer Methods


Speaker: Dr. Kevin Guyan , Research Fellow, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm HK Time

Venue: Room 4.36, 4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

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Whether we use surveys or interviews, ethnographies or focus groups – the methods we use as researchers do not arrive with us as some sort of apolitical or ahistorical artefact. They do not collect information about the outside world that is static, fixed and simply waiting to be uncovered. Rather, methods are crafted, tweaked and changed to serve the particular interests of individuals, organisations or ways of thinking.

So what does this mean for projects investigating the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ communities? Do methods equally convey the experiences of the most marginalised and least marginalised in minority groups? And might the methods we deploy in our research construct ideas about the groups under investigation?

Departing from the idea that we always need to collect more or better data, this interactive workshop applies a queer lens to research methods and poses questions about neutrality, biases, politics and power.

About the Speaker

Dr Kevin Guyan is a researcher and writer whose work explores the intersection of data and identity. He is the author of Queer Data: Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action (Bloomsbury Academic), which examines the collection, analysis and use of gender, sex and sexuality data, particularly as it relates to LGBTQ+ people in the UK. Kevin is a Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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