Seminar 1: What are you working on?

The state-of-the-art of complexity method

This is the first of nine one-day seminars. The goal of the first three seminars is to survey the field of complexity methods and to address the issue of quantification and the value of qualitative methods and metaphorical approaches to complexity research. In this first seminar, we will review key methodological approaches people are working on and the problems and opportunities raised by those approaches. The seminar is free to attend, but you must REGISTER HERE.[spacer height=”10px”]

Agenda[spacer height=”4px”]Friday 21 February 2014[spacer height=”4px”]Rootes Building[spacer height=”0px”]Chancellor’s Suite[spacer height=”0px”][spacer height=”2px”]Main Campus[spacer height=”0px”]University of Warwick[spacer height=”0px”]Coventry[spacer height=”0px”]CV4 7AL.[spacer height=”10px”]Format: 10.30am-6pm, with  lunch, followed by campus dinner for all who can stay.[spacer height=”10px”]

10.30: Coffee/Arrival

PART 1: HELLO/INTROS[spacer height=”5px”]

11.00 – 11.15: Welcome: Intro seminar series[spacer height=”3px”]Prof. David Byrne (School of Social Science, Durham)[spacer height=”1px”]Prof. Brian Castellani (Sociology, Kent State, US)[spacer height=”1px”]Dr Emma Uprichard (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick)

11.15 – 12.15: Quick round of intros/names (Chair: Uprichard)[spacer height=”4px”]NB. Everyone one speak to the following questions followed by discussion:[spacer height=”2px”]1) What methodological approaches are you working with/thinking about/stuck on?[spacer height=”2px”]2) What are the main issues/problems/limitations with that/those approaches?[spacer height=”10px”]

12.15 – 1.00 pm: Lunch[spacer height=”10px”]

PART 2: INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL COMPLEXITY[spacer height=”5px”](Chair: Castellani)[spacer height=”-0.5px”]

NB. Using examples from their work, each speaker (in 20-30mins plus questions) to bring out what the main exciting aspects and/or obstacles to studying complex social systems from their particular disciplinary perspective.[spacer height=”1px”]

1.00 – 1.40 pm: Perspectives from Engineering/Health [spacer height=”4px”]Dr Robin Pursehouse (Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, Sheffield)[spacer height=”2px”]Daniel Moyo (Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, Sheffield)[spacer height=”2px”]Prof. Alan Brennan, (School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield)

1.40 – 2.20pm: Perspectives from Computing/Biology [spacer height=”4px”]Prof. Susan Stepney (Computing, York)[spacer height=”2px”]Dr Leo Caves (Biology, York)

2.20 – 3.20pm: Perspectives from Sociology[spacer height=”4px”]Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE (Sociology, Lancaster)

3.20 – 3.30pm:  Coffee[spacer height=”10px”]

PART 3: DISCUSSION (Chair: Uprichard)[spacer height=”5px”]

3.30 – 4.30pm: Open discussion

4.30 – 5.00pm: Prof. David Byrne: Reflections

5.00 – 5.30pm: Castellani / Uprichard – plan for next seminar

5.30pm: End[spacer height=”10px”]

PART 4: DRINKS/DINNER[spacer height=”5px”]

6.00pm: Drinks/Dinner at Xanana’s on Campus.