TIK Methods Lab: Taking care of the multi-sensual
Professor Lars Frers from the University of South-Eastern Norway will present his work on multi-sensory methods in social science and humanities.
Professor Lars Frers from the University of South-Eastern Norway. Photo: Private.
Lars Frers will use the occasion to delve into the realm of the senses and how we can muster multi-sensory experience to address and take care of aspects of practice that often remain neglected – they are difficult to translate into text, they are challenging to get hold of in our research, they might come attached with a string of ethical uncertainties. All of this makes it difficult to open up and adapt our research approaches to the multisensory. At the same time, the rewards are manifold: we will get insights that often play into basic motivations, that are embedded into and form our and our research subjects’ affective relationship to the world around them, including both the human and the more-than-human. Listening, moving, touching – how we perceive is how we act and how we act is how we perceive.
Lars Frers is head of the PhD program in culture studies at the University of South-Eastern Norway. He has a doctoral degree from Darmstadt University of Technology, has been a guest researcher at TIK a decade ago, and was professor for qualitative methods at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. He has published among other things on the topic of absence, and on resistance in public spaces. Mostly teaching courses on methods and history and philosophy of science, he is currently involved in research projects on failure in practice, and on child-animal relations.