Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 19 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-based research', his main efforts have involved developing tools
from the arts and humanities for use by social scientists in research and its impact on a wider
public or a Perfomative Social Science.

Jones is Reader in Performative Social Science and Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research
at Bournemouth University. Kip has produced films and written many articles for academic
journals and authored chapters for books on topics such as masculinity, ageing and rurality,
and older LGBT citizens. His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including
biography and auto-ethnography, and the use of tools from the arts in social science research and
dissemination are well-known.

Jones acted as Author and Executive Producer of
the award-winning short film,
RUFUS STONE, funded by Research Councils UK.
The film is now available for
free viewing on the Internet and has been
viewed by more than 13,000 people in 150

Areas of expertise
• Close relationships, culture and ethnicity
• Social psychology, sociology
• Ageing, self and identity
• Interpersonal processes, personality,
individual differences,
social networks, prejudice and stereotyping
• Sexuality and sexual orientation
• Creativity and the use of the
arts in Social Science

Media experience
His work has been reported widely
in the media, including:
BBC Radio 4,BBC TV news,Times
Higher Education, Sunday New
York Times, International
and The Independent.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Virtually speaking.....

Trevor Hearing (Media School, BU) and I experimented with a keynote address for the Center for Qualitative Psychology in Germany ( conference in Weingarten, Germany yesterday.

We sent two videos ahead of time and then hooked up through Skype yesterday morning to take questions from the conference audience. The videos consisted of two projects on which Trevor and I have collaborated. The first, "Day Dreams, Night Games" documents the Centre for Qualitative Research's biennial conference held in September, 2008 at Bournemouth University. The second video, "Beyond Text: relations of dialogue, parody and contestation", in which we discuss the making of the first video, begins to establish our on-going collaboration around concepts such as 'beyond text' and what this means in a visual platform.

Both videos are now available on the sidebar!

For me, the audience questions and reactions were the interesting part. Some of the questions touched upon typical anxieties of qualitative researchers who work in (mostly) quantitative environments, particularly in this case, Psychology. By the end of the 'conversation', however, I think that we began to convince the audience about considerations of 'audience' itself. Bourriaud's 'conviviality' and even fun (Mary Gergen's 'serious fun') were concepts that we left them with. Hopefully, some possibilities were opened up for participants but, like 'night games', these changes often happen when we aren't looking, even sleeping!

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