AARE Seminar Series: Truth, verisimilitude and qualitative inquiry

Wed, Dec. 9, 2020 18:00:00 — 19:00:00 AEST

Dr David Bright

Wednesday 9 December 6 pm to 7 pm AEST and 7 pm to 8 pm AEDT

Verisimilitude—the appearance of being true—has been suggested as a criterion for evaluating qualitative research. In this seminar, I draw on Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of a minor literature to complicate notions of truth and verisimilitude in qualitative writing. Using Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughter 5 as an example, I consider the ways abandoning attempts to represent what really happened may open up new ways of approximating truth and harnessing the forces that give rise to events we describe.

Dr David Bright is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. His research investigates how educational practices are mediated by perceptions of difference. David has a particular interest in the cultural politics of English language teaching, international schooling and international student programs.

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