Relational Research Network

3rd International Relational Research Network Virtual Symposium

¡ATENCIÓN! El simposio es bilingüe inglés / español. Para traducir estas mismas páginas, haga clic en el logotipo del botón "Traducir" en la parte inferior de esta página. Seleccione la opción en "Español".

Challenges and Opportunities of Doing Research from Relational Perspectives

Symposium - September 21 - 28, 2018

Plenary Speakers and Group Dialogues -  Virtual and Live on a conference calling platform - September 25-26, 2018

Posters/papers and online forum conversations from Sept. 21 - 28

The International Relational Research Network is hosting the third international symposium on research from a relational perspective, September 25 -26, 2018. This research symposium will be virtual and online. Individuals and groups from around the world are invited to participate. Keynotes will be translated (English/Spanish), small group conversations will be single language (English or Spanish). The symposium will take place both synchronous (live online - real time) and also asynchronous (online, virtual, anytime using the Taos Learning Community website).

We will be focusing on conversations about the challenges and opportunities of doing research from relational perspectives in different settings, such as academia, communities, indigenous communities, and organizations.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 10:00 am–2:30 pm EDT/NY time

Day Two
Inspiration from the [polyphonic novel] genre open[s] up a kind of “listening writing”: an embodied and prospective form of writing that questions the traditional role of plot, because it calls for a letting go of predesigned structures. Instead, it suggests a writing driven by the interplay of voices, curiosity, and openness to the next possible word. Writing matters and, in particular, “unfinalizable” writing practices, in which the author tries not to be the final mediator of meaning, can enrich organization studies.
                            Jenny Helin

Log in to the Zoom platform by 9:50 am New York time. Check your mic and sounds. When you log in, be sure to NAME yourself, and before your name, please put an “S” for Spanish speaking group, or an “E” for the English-speaking group.

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Reflections from Day 1 – Josep Segui and Rocio Chavest

10:15 – 11:15 Keynote 4 – Carolyn Ellis and Jenny Helin - Doing Relational Research: Compassionate and Collaborate Interviewing/Dialogic and Evocative Writing

11:15 – 12:00 Small groups breakouts (same language groups)

12:00 – 12:15 Break (Stay connected to Zoom, just take a short break to get a drink, etc.)

12:15 – 1:30
Keynote 5 – Harlene Anderson and Saliha Bava (IJCDP), Gail Simon (Murmurations), Ron Chenail, Dan Wulff, and Sally St. George (TQR) - Editors' Wisdom: What Everyone Ought To Know About How To Publish Relational Research

1:30 – 1:45 Small group breakouts (same language groups)

1:45 – 2:30 Continuing Conversations and Insights – Paloma Torres and Rocio Chaveste
What’s next, how to continue participating? And come to Cancun!

Asynchronous - Posters, Papers, Online Discussions for the rest of the day on the Taos Online Learning Platform at

Papers and Poster Presentations

Here you will find the Posters and Papers which are part of the virtual symposium program. Please take some time to view them, read them, and engage in conversation with the presenter and other participants - online here in this space. 

Click here to view the poster and paper presentations.

Speakers Biographies

¡ATENCIÓN! El simposio es bilingüe inglés / español. Para traducir estas mismas páginas, haga clic en el logotipo del botón "Traducir" en la parte inferior de esta página. Seleccione la opción en "Español".

We are thrilled to present the biographies of the invited speakers for this virtual symposium. 

Click here to view bios


The Program:

There will be a series of conversations by different people who have been invited to share their thoughts and experience in order to spark further conversation. Following each conversation, there will be small group break-out dialogues to expand our collective curiosities and insights.

DAY 1 - We will begin with Ken Gergen and Sheila McNamee talking together about how their view of research has changed over the years and what their thoughts are about research from a relational perspective for the future.

We will then hear from Monica Mulrennan who will discuss indigenous research and the importance of decolonizing research methodologies as well as research as an opportunity for the renewal of relationships.  

Kristin Bodiford, Celiane Camargo Borges, and Jan DeFehr will share specific research examples of community research that are foundationally dialogic and collaborative with hopes for generative and transformative possibilities for all involved.

DAY 2 - Carolyn Ellis and Jenny Helin will discuss ways of writing and thinking about research that invite us into a relational stance and offer opportunities for co-constructing through making connections and relating to ourselves and each other in new ways.

Harlene Anderson, Saliha Bava, Sally St. George, Dan Wulff, Ron Chenail, and Gail Simon will then explore writing and publishing about research from a relational perspective for online and open access journals.

In addition, the symposium will host an online space to share posters and papers and continue the discussions here in this group space. 

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