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Critical Methods in the Social Sciences: A Philosophical Overview

  • Cornwallis East Graduate Training Room (3rd Floor) The University of Kent Canterbury Campus (map)

Open to: PGRs from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Schedule: half day workshop, 10am-1pm Monday 2 November 2015

Venue: The University of Kent, Canterbury Campus, Cornwallis East, Graduate Training Room (3rd Floor)

The first part of this session will introduce the background to the idea of critical methods in the Social Sciences by reviewing their development within modern European philosophy. The questions orienting this part of the session will be:

·         What are the philosophical presumptions underpinning the modern concern with

·         In what ways have these presumptions been challenged within the tradition of
          modern European philosophy?

 ·         Is the idea of a critical method oxymoronic?

 ·         Are critical methods always historicist and/or normative?

The second part of the session will consider the ways in which these considerations can be taken into the field. A third part of the session will invite some of the participants to join in the discussion by presenting their own research with a view to examining whether or not the idea of critical methods is pertinent to their research, what challenges they face if it is and how they intend to meet those challenges.

The workshop will be delivered by: Dr Iain McKenzie, School of Politics and International Relations.

No charge to CHASE funded students. Travel expenses can be applied for by using the Studentship

To book a place, please contact Dr Jo Collins at Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information please contact Jo (