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Transformations and the Lived Experience

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 2 – 4pm

Transformations and the Lived Experience

​Join us for a series of lightening talks followed by a panel discussion on Transformations and the Lived Experience, chaired by Shelli Garland. Transformations occur throughout the lifecycle, and this panel represents the variety of approaches and disciplines attempting to understand this that we all experience. The variety of disciplines represented will explore transformation during childhood, in adulthood and in later life.
Is our modern society changing these transformations? Are there new transformations which children experience in today’s world? What transformations can we expect later in life? Are transformations something of concern? The panel discussion will delve into these issues of Transformation and the Lived Experience.

Organised by Shelli Garland (School of Education) and Alexander Jones (School of English), with staff contributors: Meltem Gürle (Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellow), Kathleen McTiernan (Assistant Professor, Clinical Speech & Language Studies), Aiden Seery (Senior Tutor, Cultures, Academic Values and Education [CAVE] Research Centre) and Duana Quigley (Postdoctoral Research Fellow).

The Identities in Transformation Research Theme supports early career researchers in their research and professional development. In 2018, AHSS students will organise and coordinate the Identities in Transformation Theory Workshop Series.

About the Speakers
Kathleen McTiernan: Life Histories Archive
The archive facilitates the sharing of life histories of older people in Ireland.  The project facilitated the digitisation of life history books written by older people who were interested in recording and sharing their personal life stories. Trinity researchers, worked alongside reminiscence facilitators, to provide a series of structured reminiscence workshops.  The themes related to each workshop acted as writing prompts for the chapters of the life history books.  The life histories were then stored online in an interactive and fully searchable digital repository.

Meltem Gürle: Experience and the new Coming-of-age Novel.
In these new coming-of-age narratives, a different model of the self emerges, in which childhood is regarded not as an incomplete project, but as a necessary condition for any form of idealism or spirituality, and as Karen Coats reminds us in her article Saving the Word before Bedtime, “contemporary heroes and heroines have to save the world before bedtime, that is, metaphorically speaking, before they become integrated adults.”

Duana Quigley: Transformations and the lived experience of inter-professional practice
In practice, transformations arising from inter-professional practice can be difficult to achieve and fraught with epistemological challenges. As Mahatma Gandhi argued “our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation”. I will draw on the theory of extended epistemology (Heron and Reason, 2008), and specifically on the distinction between ‘practical knowing’ and ‘propositional knowing’, to help explore the transformations realised in my inquiry across personal, professional and political dimensions.

These are student-led workshops aimed at postgraduates and early career researchers. Each workshop focuses on a different theme and includes contributions from TCD staff. The aim of the series is to encourage interdisciplinary discussion, networking and research through focused sessions on a variety of themes relating to Identities.
Registration is required for each workshop.

Register here 

See the full the list of workshops here 

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation
Event Category: Alumni, Courses, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)

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