‘It is not a matter of pursuing a new form of absolute knowledge, but of exercising a specific form of epistemological vigilance, the very form that this vigilance must take in an area where the epistemological obstacles are first and foremost social obstacles.’

                        Pierre Bourdieu on Reflexivity

 The question of how we deal with our relation to the objects of our investigation is ever-present (if not always explicitly acknowledged) in the practice of social science research. However, concrete practices of reflexivity – the ‘vigilance’ that Bourdieu refers to –  that might enable us to engage productively with this relationship are difficult to specify: the moments they aim to capture are elusive and unpredictable; the forms in which they might be written about can feel risky and excessive.


In this seminar four current doctoral students at different stages of their studies will present on the ways in which they have attempted to address these issues and to develop an approach to reflexive practice within their research:

 Zoe Charalambous – The use of reflexive researcher diary for maintaining a lacanian researcher stance in the process of data generation and analysis

Ximena Galdames – Human Bites and Classroom Rules: unsettling the familiar by troubling reflective practice in an early childhood context

Gillian Stokes – Act to impact and back again: conceptualising the process of self focus on research

Emily Henderson – “She thinks I’m ‘queer’” – Performing conceptual reflexivity