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P332


Observation, collaboration, intervention. Navigating tensions and opportunities of engaged methodologies. 
Convenors:
Paula Helm (University of Amsterdam)
Aysel Sultan (Technical University of Munich)
Theresa Willem (TUM)
Selin Gerlek (University of Amsterdam)
Tanja Ahlin (University of Amsterdam)
Roanne van Voorst (University of Amsterdam)
Mone Spindler (University of Tübingen)
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Discussants:
Klaus Hoeyer (University of Copenhagen)
Huub Dijstelbloem (University of Amsterdam)
Tobias Blanke (Kings College London)
Jane Calvert (University of Edinburgh)
Jeannette Pols
Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Engaged research requires both specific methods and increased ethical reflection on its normative dimensions. To meet these demands, a variety of methodological approaches have been developed that share some defining characteristics. These characteristics are at the center of this panel.

Long Abstract:

Engaged research requires both specific methods and increased ethical reflection on its normative dimensions. To meet these demands, a variety of methodological approaches have been developed, experimented with, systematized, and refined. These include: Empirical Ethics (Pols 2015), Future Co-Envisioning (Lanzeni/Pink 2022), Participatory Design (van Voorst/Hilhorst 2018), Embodied Research (Helm 2021), Ethics of Engineering Design (Verbeek 2006), Integrated Research (Spindler et al. 2020), Critical AI (Raley/Goodlad 2023), Participatory Action Research (Rappaport 2020), Data Ethics (Hoeyer 2023), Embedded Ethics (McLennan et al. 2020). While this list could go on, and the approaches in it are diverse, they still have some defining characteristics/motivations in common:

1. Methodological innovation by combining approaches that have so far remained entrenched behind disciplinary boundaries.

2. Integrating ethical dimensions of empirical research not as an add-on but in its design.

3. Practicing ethics as grounded within practices rather than applying fixed normative frameworks.

4. Critically engaging with the blurring of boundaries between researchers and research partners and the role of peer-researchers, particularly in sensitive settings.

5. Conducting research with the express purpose of impacting practices and structures on the ground.

These characteristics, their relevance, and the tensions that emerge while putting them into practice are at the focus of this panel. Along these lines, we welcome contributions that:

• experiment with, theorize and reflect on engaged methodologies by drawing on lived experiences.

• put forward conceptual interventions that rethink and reimagine engaged research.

Combined Format:

I. OpenSession

II. Collaborative Intervention: Through storytelling, collaborative imagination and collegial support we build a speculative tool-box for living engaged methodologies. Thereby we explore formats and structures of mutual support. Chair: Mone Spindler

III. OpenSession

IV. Round Table: Co-Envisioning Futures of Engaged Methodologies. Discussants: Klaus Hoeyer, Jeannette Pols, Huub Dijstelbloem, Tobias Blanke. Respondents: Selin Gerlek, Paula Helm, Tanja Ahlin. Chair: Roanne van Voorst.

Accepted contributions: