Fifth Qualitative Research Conference in Health and Social Care
Report by Professor Immy Holloway
The conference theme was 'Embodiment and its Consequences in Human Science Research' a topic that focused delegates on the methodological and philosophical challenges of how to articulate embodied interactions and meanings. Presentations included topics on multiple sclerosis, the phenomenon of the weight loss industry, self-harm, employee turnover, hormone therapy for men, studying abroad, and the experience of immigration.
Bournemouth University was represented by Professors Kate Galvin and Les Todres. They presented a joint paper on their evolving research into the experience of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. For this conference, they focused on the methodological challenges of achieving both depth and breadth in interviewing and analysis. The presentation was well attended and provoked some encouraging and lively debate that will assist them in taking their research forward.
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Professors Kathleen Galvin, Janice Morse and Immy Holloway pictured at the Fifth Qualitative Research Conference in Health and Social Care.
Professor Galvin spoke to the Business Meeting (with the help of some impressive slides of Bournemouth and the surrounding areas) to welcome delegates to the 2005 Conference at Bournemouth University. Delegates were enthusiastic about this prospect and American colleagues have undertaken to correspond with us in order to ensure an increased North American presence in 2005. This meeting also pursued the beginnings of an international alliance for Qualitative Researchers to co-operate in pursuing joint research projects which may attract international research funding.