THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY presents a Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series seminar Sex, Lies and Stories In this seminar I will be discussing some of the issues around ‘truth’ which assumed central importance in research (undertaken with Heather Piper) that investigated the perceptions and experiences of male school teachers, and of members of their families, their friends and colleagues, who had been accused of sexual misconduct with female students which they say they did not commit and of which they were eventually cleared or the case was dismissed (Sikes & Piper, 2009). In particular I will talk about the methodology, methods and style of re-presentation that we decided to use and the dilemmas that our choices entailed. Given that we were interested in knowing how accusations of sexual abuse were perceived and experienced by everybody touched by them, we opted for an auto/biographical life history, narrative approach. This approach raised questions about potentially giving voice to people who actually were guilty of what they had been accused of and who were using the chance to participate in our research as an opportunity to create a story and identity of innocence. Protection of informants assumes particular significance given the nature of our inquiry and so I will also talk about our chosen strategy of creating composite, fictionalised stories for reporting and re-presenting our findings. by Prof. Pat Sikes 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Room 1118, K.K. Leung Building The University of Hong Kong ALL ARE WELCOME Pat Sikes is Professor of Qualitative Inquiry in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. Pat’s career as a researcher stretches over 30 years during which time her focus has been on four inter-related concerns: educators’ lives and careers; auto/biographical research; qualitative methodologies and creative approaches to representing research; and, social justice issues. Pat has been editor of the British Educational Research Journal (2003 – 2007) and is currently on the editorial boards of Power and Education, International Journal of Sociology of Education, Creative Approaches to Research, Qualitative Research and International Journal of Research and Method in Education. Pat has published 10 books and 70 journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent (2010) work (with Heather Piper) is Researching Sex and Lies in the Classroom: Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools London, Routledge.