IMC Seminar Series


Nick Cheesman
IMC Seminar Series

The Interpretation, Method and Critique (IMC) Seminar Series promotes and celebrates work in interpretive and critical methodologies and methods in the social sciences. It is interdisciplinary and welcoming of all research that places intersubjective meaning-making at the centre of social scientific inquiry, or that identifies with one or more traditions in critical theory and praxis.

The Seminar Series is among the activities of the IMC network, a joint initiative of the ANU’s School of Politics and International Relations, and the Department of Political and Social Change. The network also organises conferences and workshops, classes for undergraduate and graduate research students, podcasts, and more. Visit the IMC webpage for details.

IMC Seminars are on Fridays, 12 - 1pm, Australian Eastern Time (Standard/Daylight) unless otherwise indicated. Not all seminars are recorded. A list of recorded seminars and links is here.

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Interested to present a talk? Keen to know more about the IMC? Write to the convenors:
April Biccum -
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Past events

A meta-categorical framework for relational policy theory: re-imagining the Multiple Streams Framework

13 May 2022

Tripartite theoretical frameworks and metaphors are common in policy theory. We argue that these frameworks have been misapplied, being construed ontologically...

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Vision and method in global historical sociology

29 Apr 2022

Historical sociology is a long-established interdisciplinary field concerned with incorporating temporality in the analysis of social processes. Global...

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Access and Ethics in Prison Research

22 Apr 2022

How do the requirements of “scholarly” research—including and especially ethics reviews  by institutional bodies—serve to shape and constrain the access that...

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Three Faces of Revolution: Egypt and Other Places

18 Mar 2022

The Arab uprisings of 2010-11 renewed scholarly interest in revolutions as a conceptual category. At the same time, ‘democratic transition’ was also widely...

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How I Studied Anti-Americanism: Reflections on Interpretivism, Eclecticism, and Coherence

11 Mar 2022

How can social science research do justice to polysemy, ambiguity, dynamism, recursivity, indeterminacy, and contingency while making substantive, coherent...

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Telling the truth about empire? A note on methodology

19 Nov 2021

In the fourth talk for the 'Rethinking Interpretive Methods" series, hosted by the Interpretation, Method and Critique Network at ANU, April Biccum will...

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Rethinking comparison: Innovative methods for qualitative political inquiry

5 Nov 2021

Qualitative comparative methods – and specifically controlled qualitative comparisons – are central to the study of politics. They are not the only kind of...

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Misunderstanding ethnography: Evidence in law, journalism and political ethnography

29 Oct 2021

In Interrogating Ethnography: Why Evidence Matters (2018), law professor and lawyer Steven Lubet mounts a concerted attack on ethnography for relying upon...

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Promoting (reflexive) methodological pluralism: An autoethnographic account of mapping the political science research on judicialization

15 Oct 2021

Promoting methodological pluralism has been a major theme of discussion across multiple political science subfields. But, notably, qualitative methodologists...

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