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Feb 20
13:00 - 16:00
Critical Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Sense Language and Critique
Advanced Training

Many researchers in the humanities and social sciences are engaged in projects that require an in-depth appreciation of the nature of language. In this session we will discuss the linguistic turn in analytical and continental philosophy and the assumptions that orient these perspectives with a particular emphasis on the problem of sense and critique. The questions guiding this session will be:

  • Why is sense so important?
  • What is at the heart of the debate between poststructuralists, Critical Theorists and hermeneuticists?
  • To what extent can communicative approaches produce valid research and be guided by an emancipatory agenda?

This session develops themes raised in the workshops on Critical Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Philosophical Introduction and Critical Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Creativity and Critique but attendance at those workshops is NOT a prerequisite for attendance at this one. After an introduction to the linguistic turn, the overall aim is a free-flowing discussion oriented around the basic philosophical and methodological issues guiding critically oriented research in the humanities and social sciences.By the end of this session, students will:

  • Know the relationship between the different variants of the linguistic turn, in terms of the role played by the idea of sense;
  • Be able to reflect upon the use of key methodological markers (language, discourse, text etc) in relation to their own research project;
  • Be able to reflect upon the relationship between discourse and critique.

TrainerDr Iain MacKenzie, School of Politics and International Relations

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Open to All Kent Postgraduate Researchers and staff, plus external PGRs, academics and professional researchers,

£0 to PGRs in Kent & DTP institutions

£30 for all other PGRs; £60 for other researchers; £90 for commercial

Contact: Deborah Molloy
Graduate School


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