Soc&kom’s new International Reader, Professor Jean Helms Mills (Saint Mary’s University, Canada) presents her research done with E. Shaffner and AJ Mills at a research café at Soc&kom November 8 2017.
In this research, they draw on ‘histories’ of Qantas Airlines, by co-founder Hudson Fysh. The purpose is to provide discursive accounts (dominant constructions of the idea of the airline and the times in which it was/is located) and to serve as a heuristic for locating people and events depicted as central to the airline. That is, who is privileged, marginalized, ignored in the stories of Qantas.
To do this Helms Mills, Shaffner and Mills use Critical historiography: to show how the relationship between history and the past is problematic (Munslow, 2010) and to show how history is both discursive (Jenkins, 1991) and the outcome of a series of relational practices.
Intersectionality provides a lens to highlight the orderings of privilege and marginalization of groups within the histories and Critical Discourse Analysis is used to examine the texts for what is present, and what is absent and to allow voices, both overt & invisible to emerge and to make contextual sense of the broad themes & discourses which surface through our engagement.
Soc&kom’s Research Café
Wednesday 8th November 2017, 14:15
Soc&kom, room 234, Snellmaninkatu 12
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