GIGA Hamburg: Qualitative Interview Research: Principles, Forms, and Techniques

Institution: German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, Leipzig

Schedule: 12.-13.11.2015

Place: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20534 Hamburg, Germany

Registration: Online via the GIGA website

Course description:

The workshop will introduce to principles, forms and techniques of interviewing in qualitative social research. It will discuss questions like: Why and for what purposes do we use interviews as opposed to other forms of data collection? What are the basic principles and specific types of interviewing in qualitative research as opposed to quantitative approaches? Which type of interview (individual/collective, narrative/semi-structured etc.) do we use for which type of research question? Which problems do we face in specific types of interviews (narrative, expert, focus interviews, group discussions etc.) and with regard to specific interview partners (age, class, gender, region). How does our own role and standpoint influence interviews and how can we deal with that in the course of the research? What are typical mistakes and problems during the interview? etc. The workshops will combine input lectures with intensive discussions of the participants’ projects and research experience. Active participation is necessary.

About the lecturer
Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr is professor of cultural sociology at Leipzig University. Her research focuses on Islam in Western societies, secularisation, and qualitative methods. She has published extensively in German and International Journals. Her publications on social science research methods include the book “Qualitative Sozialforschung. Ein Arbeitsbuch” (co-authored with Aglaja Przyborski, 2008, German).

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