David Carpenter poses questions for the audience’s consideration about the concept ‘participant consent’ in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He asks delegates to consider if ‘participant consent’, as understood in other research disciplines, is applicable in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences or can it be substituted by simple agreement, consensus and collaboration in the context of mutual respect and the absence of hierarchies?
So much of our discussion about consent draws upon biomedical examples and are most useful and relevant to research in that context. Consent is just as vital in the humanities. We can’t afford to lose the attention of researchers because they dismiss our consent material because it isn’t about them. This useful and interesting talk deserves inclusion in your institution’s Human Research Ethics resource library. It has broad utility outside of the health sciences. We have included links to six related items.