Images, voices, texts and silences: the ethics of sensitive sources
Dr Beatriz Pichel, Jason Bate, Michaela Clark, Tracey Loughran, Chris Millard, Liz Orton, Chimwemwe Phiri and Katherine RawlingZoom
This roundtable with Jason Bate (Falmouth University), Michaela Clark (University of Manchester), Tracey Loughran (University of Essex), Chris Millard (University of Sheffield),Liz Orton (LCC), Beatriz Pichel (De Montfort University), Chimwemwe Phiri (Durham University) and Katherine Rawling (University of Leeds) will discuss the ethical responsibilities of researchers working with sensitive sources:
- Specificity of sources: What particular challenges do photographs, oral histories, doctors and patients records and autoethnographies pose? Are they usually covered by Universities’ research ethics guidelines?
- Silences: what histories have been left out in archives and narratives, and how to ethically made them visible?
- Responsibilities towards the living and the dead: Are medical documents about/ produced by people who have been long dead different than contemporary sources? Should rights of privacy, anonymity and consent retrospectively apply to situations when they did not exist or existed in a different form?
- Dissemination: How can we share our research in ways that are sensitive to the people the research is about, readers and the researcher? Can we prevent or limit triggering reactions from people suffering from similar disorders that we are researching?
- Digital challenges: What are the benefits and the risks of using social media to recruit participants and disseminate our work?