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The emphasis of Methodology Clinic A is focused on ethnographic and qualitative Ph.D. projects which mainly rely on participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and detailed case studies.

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Date Start 20 February 2011 End 3 May 2011

Basic Information

For the courses in the academic year 2011-2012 check the current courses webpage: http://www.aissr.uva.nl/aissr_phd/courses.cfm

Timing: Six All-Day Workshops, fortnightly ( = every 2 weeks) on Mondays: 11 to 6.

  • 11-1 : Morning Session
  • 1 - 2: informal lunch together, and / or private study as we progress
  • 2- 5: Afternoon Session
  • 5 - 6: informal get-together ( = avoid rush-hour [spits] and start fusing [Clinic]

Instructor: Gerd Baumann

Days: Mondays: 21 Feb, 7 March, 21 March, 4 April, 18 April, 2 May 2011.

Courses 2011-2012

Aims and Purpose

The emphasis of Methodology Clinic A is focused on ethnographic and qualitative Ph.D. projects which mainly rely on participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and detailed case studies. While there are useful inputs from quantitative and structure-orientated methodologies such as sampling, flow charts and network analysis, these, too, are discussed primarily with a view to adapting them to qualitative approaches.

The objective of Clinic A is thus to give hands-on crafts and skills training for ethnographic, though not necessarily small-scale, research as favoured by anthropologists, historians, and empirical (!) sociologists. It will concentrate on those methodological problems that occur in the everyday research processes as they develop, and it will try, by mutual discussion (hence the word ‘Clinic’) to distill and refine the individual research agenda of the participants. The aim is two-fold: in the medium term, it is, as Becker says, ‘to re-think your research while you’re doing it’, in the short term it is to give a quality boost to your eighth-month paper.

Practice

In practice, the aim of Clinic A is threefold. First, it is to stimulate mutual reflections on the effects of choosing particular qualitative methods on empirical results. Second, to reflect upon and re- think issues of crafts and skills in everyday empirical research. Third, to fuse your different knowledges and skills and make each other better (hence the name ‘Clinic’: you are not patients, but each other’s doctors, GB acts as ‘headnurse’.)

This means that Each of you reads All of you : each submits all assignments to all in time, and then all can discuss all deliveries on the Clinic Day every two weeks. Your participation depends on timely submission circulated to all, plus preparedness to discuss all other submissions. After all, our common discussions about methodological choices will have immediate consequences for your and your fellow Docs’ theoretical choices.

This requires intense solidarity. For each fortnightly meeting, you will write two assignments, each distilled (!) onto one A4 and pre-circulated to all (so that all read all in time and help all). The best timing for all is : submit all to all on the Wednesdays before the Monday meetings.

Readings Meths Clinic A:

Howard S. Becker 1998, Tricks of the Trade. How to think about your research while you're doing it. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. This is 35-ish Euro. All other readings will be made available freely as our work progresses.

Clinic_A_Timeplan_and_Assignments-feb11

Enrolment

1 = get in contact with G.Baumann@uva.nl and attach a draft of your project sheet (attached).

2 = Baumann will then liaise FOR you with the Secretariat of the AISSR, so as to clarify any questions that you or they might raise.

3 = Baumann will then circulate all participants' details and contacts to us all, so that we can ALL prepare early and well for our first session.

Email Gerd Baumann

Clinic_A_Project_Sheet-feb11
Oudemanhuispoort
Oudemanhuispoort

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam

Deelname

1 = get in contact with G.Baumann@uva.nl and attach a draft of your project sheet (attached).

2 = Baumann will then liaise FOR you with the Secretariat of the AISSR, so as to clarify any questions that you or they might raise.

3 = Baumann will then circulate all participants' details and contacts to us all, so that we can ALL prepare early and well for our first session.