‘Pulling It All Together: One PhD CIRCY researcher reflects on writing the last stages of her PhD during the COVID Pandemic’

By May Nasrawy, CIRCY doctoral researcher I want to share some of my writing reflections which draw on my doctoral experience, and particularly the final year of the writing of my thesis. Writing wasn’t quite the terrifying experience I’d feared when I began my doctoral journey, having heard some of my former PhD peers talking … Continue reading ‘Pulling It All Together: One PhD CIRCY researcher reflects on writing the last stages of her PhD during the COVID Pandemic’

Digital bubbles, networked publics and sonic bridges

Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex Reblogged from everyday childhoods blog I spent a really interesting day at a University of Sussex event in the ESRC funded Digital Bubbles series exploring interdisciplinary perspectives on autism and technology enhanced learning. I was invited as a sociologist to say something about how … Continue reading Digital bubbles, networked publics and sonic bridges

Mass Observation and the ‘My Object Stories’ Hackathon

In the second of a series of blog posts, Suzanne Rose and Anthony McCoubrey from the Mass Observation Archive reflect on their participation in the ESRC Festival of Social Science event: the ‘My Object Stories’ Hackathon and the significance of ‘object stories’ for the Archive.  Re-blogged from Everyday Childhoods Blog This was the third year in … Continue reading Mass Observation and the ‘My Object Stories’ Hackathon

Hackathons as participatory methodology?

Reblogged from Everyday Childhoods blog by Liam Berriman Hackathons have become an increasingly commonplace methodology for exploring and experimenting with data. Recent examples of this trend have included calls from archives for programmers and software developers to come and ‘hack’ their collections, and the growth of competitions where young people are invited to play with … Continue reading Hackathons as participatory methodology?

Talk to me.

Reblogged from Everyday childhoods blog by Rachel Thomson On Saturday 14th November I had the pleasure of taking part in an event billed as a ‘Hackathon’ hosted by the Sussex Humanities Lab, CIRCY and the Mass Observation Archive. Hackathons are ‘events in which computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic … Continue reading Talk to me.

Home and Away: Transnational Simultaneity

By Benji Zeitlin It took about half an hour after landing in Dhaka at the beginning of my fieldwork with British Bangladeshi families from London for the feeling to hit me. I shuffled off the flight from Doha in a haze and gradually awoke as a taxi drove me into the city. The sights, smell … Continue reading Home and Away: Transnational Simultaneity

A collaborative blog about blogging

This Blog was written throughout the blogging workshop and contributed to by: Rachel, Kristi, Roma, Liam, Fawzia and Louise. Thank you all for having your moment in the blogging hot seat!  All the links and resources we used during the day can be accessed here, I haven't embedded throughout contrary to the advice we got … Continue reading A collaborative blog about blogging

Slow, slow, quick-quick-slow

A wonderful and thoughtful post by Rachel Thomson, reflecting on ending the sex and songs project that she and other members of CIRCY have been involved with.

The 'Good sex' project

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I’ve been reflecting on the funny temporalities involved in changes and continuities. The way we go backwards in order to go forward, and how nothing happens – then it all comes at once. Knowledge captured in truisms about buses and dance steps.

Learning, development, change, love, understanding: all those important things happen in in this jumpy, staggered kind of way. Not the smooth lines that graphs suggest. I’ve been thinking about this because we are at the ‘end’ of the Sexology & Songs project – or at least the project funding is at an end, and like good researchers and youth workers, we need to evaluate the impact of the work, for ourselves and for our funders the Wellcome Trust. During the first session 13 weeks ago, at the start of the winter, participants and workers were asked to rate themselves between 1-10 on the following items:

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