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The Centre's weeklong and weekend workshops wrap up beautifully!


June 28, 2017

On the first weekend of June and the week from June 5th to 9th, the CWSE was honoured to host the annual IE workshops with instructors Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Turner. Both workshops were very well received by our 10 participants coming from different geographical and educational backgrounds!

Get to know some of our participants, the work they are doing and what they thought of the IE! ⇒



Weeklong workshop participants on the final day along with instructors, Susan Turner and Dorothy Smith.


Weekend workshop during session


Dorothy E. Smith talking to participants during their goodbye thoughts.


Susan Turner listening to a participant's reflection on a classmate's research.


Participant's update and testimonials

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Jessica Langston

"I'm Jess, a social worker and doctoral researcher from the UK.  My research draws on Institutional Ethnography to explore social workers' experiences of working to new timescales in care proceedings.  The workshops with Dorothy Smith and Susan Turner were invaluable in not only enabling me to gain a greater understanding of Institutional Ethnography but in helping me focus and think about how I will now progress to the writing up phase of my PhD.  Before arriving I couldn't see my thesis for all the data, by the end of the week I was clear about how I was progressing; not only in regard to my thesis but in respect of how my research can impact on a far greater scale than my acquisition of a doctorate qualification".

Adriana Suárez

"I participated on the weekend and week-long workshops at the CWSE with a group of researchers from several countries (New Zealand, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Canada and the U.S). The guidance of Dorothy and Susan was extremely valuable as I'm on the 2nd year of my PhD at the University of Bristol. The lessons and discussions held in this course have been very useful to me, especially in regards to the ways in which I will approach my fieldwork in Chile. I was able to expand my knowledge on IE and to clarify my problematic of inquiry, in order to ask the questions that will allow me to learn from the rural drinking water communities in Chile and the ways in which they organise they work. Working with Susan and Dorothy and other IE researchers has a great experience and I would recommend it to anybody thinking in using IE as a method of inquiry!"

Rhonda Mckelvie

"Rhonda McKelvie, fulltime PhD student at Massey University, New Zealand. I am half way through my project investigating the social relations of nurse safe staffing in NZ. The IE workshop in June in Toronto was incredibly helpful to me because it clarified the terrain and standpoint of the research, making both the collection and analysis of data, and the writing up, much clearer, and more manageable than it was beforehand".

Rachel Webster

"PhD at massey university, New Zealand, looking at how patient centered care policies unfold in the work of the patient. I am also considering how the effects of new public management have entered into the work of the patient. The IE workshop was instrumental in allowing me to see how I could make visible the textual coordination present in my issue, and has given me the confidence to talk about and write about the actualities of IE inquiry."


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