May 13: Positionality, reflexivity and bias in research

Recent writing across the social sciences have emphasized the importance of the position and perspective of the researcher in understanding observer bias and reflexivity in correcting for that bias. Taking a hands-on approach, this workshop will use specific examples of how one might incorporate considerations of reflexivity and positionality into designing, conducting, and writing up research. What are the advantages of doing so? The disadvantages? How do concerns about positionality relate or not relate to more traditional concepts of bias?

Participants will learn techniques for robustly engaging in reflexivity, for understanding positionality and for weaving reflexivity and positionality into different types of methodologies and fieldwork. The workshop uses both lectures and activities where participants engage with case studies and work to develop their own reflexive and positional skills. This workshop is appropriate as an introduction for scholars interested in developing ethically grounded reflexive approaches to research methods. Participants will complete the workshop with the basic skills to deploy reflexivity and positionality in scholarly research.

The event is offered by the Institute for Social Science Research and led by Dr. Pardis Mahdavi, dean of Social Sciences and director of the School for Social Transformation at ASU. May 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn more and register.