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On Focus Groups
Lecture by Artemis Papadaki Anastasopoulou
Join us for a lecture by Science and Technology Studies researcher Artemis Papadaki Anastasopoulou on the social science method called "focus groups". Focus groups is a form of qualitative research where a group of people are guided by the researcher to talk about certain topics which provides an interesting alternative to other methods such as interviews. Artemis was involved in developing a research using this method, and will take us through what this method entails, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as critical viewpoints. Having moved from biology to social science, and having struggled herself to engage with social science methodologies, she is the ideal guide for anyone who's interested in learning more about them.
Group conversations are featuring more and more in artistic practices. And although not restricted to the Fuzine group at all, the "Fuzzy Speculations on Neighbourhoods" event also centers around small group conversations, so it'll be an opportunity for us to think critically about our own methodology.
Title: On Focus Groups
Time: June 10 (Wed), 18:30-20:30
Artemis Papadaki-Anastasopoulou is a PhD student awarded with the uni:docs fellowship of the University of Vienna. She started her PhD in October 2019 on the topic of “(Re)assembling single-use plastics on different scales: In the EU, Greece and the Municipality of Sikinos”.
Her background is on Molecular Biology & Genetics (BSc, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece) and Neuroscience (MSc, University of Edinburgh, UK). After her initial studies she worked in a laboratory on the field of magnetoreception, or in other words on how animals detect and use the magnetic fields of the earth. In 2016 she continued her education into the social sciences and started the MA degree in Science Technology and Society, at the STS department of the University of Vienna, where she graduated in 2019. Her Master thesis was on the material politics of plastic at the Environment Agency Austria.
Her current research interests orbit around questions on materiality with a focus on plastics, and what it entails to regulate plastics in contemporary societies. In particular she is interested in questions on the politics of scale and the complexity of regulating materials at different geo-political scales, but also how questions of environmental justice in and out of the EU get intertwined in these processes.