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Using Imposter Methods: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Using Imposter Methods Workshop: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Wed 12th June 2024 10:00AM School of Law and Social Justice (Events Space), University of Liverpool, L69 7ZR

What are imposter methods? This workshop explores how imposter methods - research techniques that attend to imposter positions as generative locations of knowledge production - can enable more survivable ways of knowing and being in academia. The aim of the workshop is to explore how thinking with imposter 'syndrome' can be a fruitful way to question who and what is welcomed into research, conditionally or tokenistically included, kept or forced out. Experiences of feeling like an imposter in higher education are increasingly attended to in research, named and claimed on social media, and illuminated in workshops on building confidence (Breeze & Taylor 2020). This one day workshop will bring together people involved in academic research and life to collaboratively engage ways to do, undo, and experiment with imposter methods. The workshop explores ways to think about the figure of the imposter in relation to knowledge production, imagining imposter positions as ways of knowing, and examining the shapes imposter research methodologies could take (Nielsen 2021).Thinking about 'imposter syndrome' means de-individualising this phenomenon and attending to intersecting inequalities that continue to structure educational inclusions and epistemic hierarchies (Breeze 2018). Building on an imposter position attended to in Black feminist thought where an 'outsider within' location is theorised as vital to social science (Hill Collins 1986), in this workshop we address what methodologies emerge when we centre imposter positions and practices. Is there methodological space for doubt, uncertainty, fakery and fraudulence, trickery and deception? Can we develop methodologies that enact imposter feelings and enable other ways of knowing and being? What can imposters teach us on how to make more liveable, survivable research and actively impose upon knowledge practices and our writing and research dissemination? Offering a different approach to the figure of the imposter to Woolgar, Vogel, Moats and Helgesson (2021), the workshop is open to graduate researchers and academics in STS and allied fields working across social science and arts and humanities boundaries, especially those pursuing methodological innovation in relation to social research and epistemic injustices.

Further information and registration here: 024-06-12/10:00/t-nogmvem

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