Sophie Woodward – University of Manchester (UK)

Sophie Woodward Keynote Speaker WCQR2023Sophie Woodward is a Professor in Sociology at the University of Manchester where she carries out research into material culture, everyday lives and consumption with a particular focus on fashion and clothing. She is the author of five books on feminism (such as Birth and Death, 2019 with Kath Woodward), material culture (such as Blue Jeans: the art of the Ordinary, 2012 with Daniel Miller), fashion (including Why Women Wear What they Wear, 2007) and methods and has a particular interest in creative and object-based methods, as seen in her most recent book Material Methods (2019) and in her role as Co-Investigator for the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) where she leads on creative methods. She is currently carrying out writing up qualitative research into things people keep in the home but are no longer using (dormant things) that are stashed away in attics. The research is based upon mixed qualitative methods, including ethnographically informed methods, sketching, visual methods, object interviews and follow the thing methods.


Anthony Fernandez – University of Southern Denmark (DK)

Anthony Fernandez WCQR2023 Invited SpeakerAnthony Vincent Fernandez is Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics and the Danish Institute for Advanced Study, University of Southern Denmark. After completing his PhD in philosophy, he held positions at Dalhousie University, Kent State University, and University of Oxford. He is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology and book review editor for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. His research focuses on the challenges of applying phenomenology in fields outside of philosophy, including psychiatry, psychology, and nursing. Currently, he is collaborating with qualitative researchers to develop new ways of integrating philosophical phenomenology and qualitative methodology.

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