Editor’s note: Throughout the TQ Workshop June 16-20, U of A writing studies instructor, longtime journalist, and Education PhD student Christina Grant blogged about her experiences in “The Lived Experience: A PhD student’s journey through the TQ Workshop.” See: https://iiqm.wordpress.com/
The following is a final feature story on the 13th Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods (AQM) Conference June 23-25 in which she incorporates information and observations from several conference events and speakers—including keynote presenter Dr. Rosaline Barbour.
Ending in a Blaze: 7-Minute Pecha Kucha presentations and Final Words
One of the final sets of activities of the AQM were Pecha Kucha presentations, a challenging presentation design that has people talk to the audience while slides containing only their selected visuals run steadily in the background—out of their control in timing. They simply must keep pace and end when the slides end. Stepping up to the plate on Tuesday were Sarah Wall, Jude Spiers, Rosaline Barbour, and Alex Clark, and the audience enjoyed a rollicking, informative, and entertaining ride through their lives, motivations, and philosophies as qualitative researchers.
Afterwards, Alex thanked everyone for sharing their “amazing transformational stories” and challenged audience members to ask themselves, as they prepared to depart the conference, “Where are you on your scholarly journey? What questions is life asking you as researchers?” Also, “What scares you most, and how can we help?” He noted that as qualitative researchers we have much to learn and gain from each other. He urged us to remember, as we conduct our research “towards a better world,” the deeply inter-relational nature of our work: “Be empathetic. And to think you can affect other peoples’ stories is important, too.”