Category Archives: GIGA Hamburg

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Qualitative Interviews and Analysis (17.-18.05.2018)

Course Description: This course aims to introduce doctoral students to the most widely used qualitative research technique – the interview. The course begins by outlining the sorts of research question that are best addressed through qualitative interviews, touching on debates about the nature of qualitative data. We then consider the practical considerations when undertaking a qualitative interview project – from selecting participants through to choosing a location in which to conduct the interview and the sorts of things you ought to take with you into the field. There will be a practical exercise on designing a qualitative interview guide, with a session devoted to how to avoid and recognise poorly worded interview questions. Attention will be focused on the key skills that qualitative interviewers need to collect good quality data (including body language, asking open questions, probing, prompting and active listening) and we will discuss the importance of critical reflexivity throughout the research process. Participants will also be introduced to thematic analysis and shown how to undertake a basic analysis using the CAQDAS package, MAXQDA.

The course is primarily aimed at two groups of doctoral students; those who are at the beginning of their qualitative research projects and want to deepen their knowledge of the qualitative interview; and those who have never used qualitative methods and want an introduction to one of main data collection tools used within this approach.

Date of Event: 17.-18.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Katy Wheeler is a Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Essex. She has extensive experience of conducting qualitative interviews with a range of different participants from industry experts through to household interviews. Her research interests are in the fields of sustainability and ethical consumption. She is also an instructor at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, where she co-runs a course on qualitative interviewing.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series II: Comparative regionalism: Bringing EU studies back to Latin American regionalism? The ups and downs of a complicated relationship (14.05.2018)

Course Description: There is by now a broad consensus among scholars of Latin American regionalism (and other regionalisms) not to take the EU as the gold standard for regional integration and cooperation. The focus on Europe and Europe-focused integration theories led to into a blind alley. In the course, we will discuss why this has been the case. But while the Euro crisis and the Brexit had negative repercussions for the EU, they might improve the options for comparative regionalism by adding the study of regional disintegration to the study of regional integration. So once again one might ask and discuss which tools and analytical approaches developed in EU studies might be applied to the study of Latin American regionalism.

Date of Event: 14.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Prof Dr Detlef Nolte is Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Introduction to Process Tracing (08.-09.05.2018)

Course Description: Process Tracing (PT) is a within-case method that focuses on tracing causal mechanisms – the actual ‘link’ between a trigger (X) and an outcome (Y). This workshop will introduce you to the essentials of this method, its main underlying assumptions and its applicability. We will discuss what causal mechanisms are, how we can ‘trace’ them and what kind of causal inferences we can draw on the bases of a process-tracing study. Moreover, to position PT in the broader methodological field we will look at how PT relates to, but differs from, other (larger- and small-N) case study methods and discuss what understanding of causality underlies process-tracing. This introduction to PT will take a hands-on approach applying the new insights to concrete examples and to the participants’ research projects. The first day we will cover most methodological ground and theoretical debates, the second day is largely reserved for debating practical questions and applicability by means of discussing some of the participants’ own research and applications of PT.

Date of Event: 08.-09.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Hilde van Meegdenburg is a postdoctoral research fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich & Technical University Munich.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series I: Postwar Security Sector Reform: Research Strategy and Case Selection (03.05.2018)

Course Description: This course presents a research strategy for the selection of comparative cases from different regions in the field of postwar security sector reform (SSR). Key elements are the demilitarization, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants, reforms in the structure, mandate, accountability, and oversight of the armed forces and the police, as well as in some cases reforms in the justice sector (transitional justice, judiciary). SSR forms part of the standard procedures of international peacebuilding strategies as formulated in the OECD Handbook on Security Sector Reform. However, on the ground, these reforms are not only shaped and influenced by external support but also by the interaction with local conditions such as existing power relations and prior institutional designs. This course introduces to the research strategy we developed starting with three inductive case studies from three regions of the world (El Salvador, Uganda, Nepal) and a quantitative data collection on judiciary reforms for a broader set of postwar countries. The course will introduce into and discuss the challenges of case study selection and data collection.

Date of Event: 03.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Sabine Kurtenbach is a Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: The logic of Bayesian statistical analyses for social scientists (26.-27.04.2018)

Course Description: The aim of the course is threefold: First, the students are going to learn the basic differences between Bayesian and Frequentist statistics. Second, they should be able to identify research questions and ideas that might benefit from a Bayesian approach. Third, they should be able to understand research conducted under a Bayesian framework and how it might differ substantially from Frequentist approach (or whether there is actually no substantive difference).

Date of Event: 26.-27.04.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Hannes Kröger is Research Associate at German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung/DIW) in Berlin.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Summer Term Programme 2018, 26 April – 29 June 2018

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

The following seminars are open to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers at the GIGA and its partner institutions. Please note that other external participants are asked to pay a small course fee.

26-27 April The Logic of Bayesian Statistical Analyses for Social Scientists Dr Hannes Kröger, DIW
3 May Global Approach to CAS I: Postwar Security Sector Reform: Research Strategy and Case Selection Dr Sabine Kurtenbach, GIGA
8-9 May Introduction to Process Tracing Dr Hilde van Meegdenburg, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich & Technical University Munich
14 May Global Approach to CAS II: Comparative regionalism: Bringing EU studies back to Latin American regionalism? The ups and downs of a complicated relationship Prof Dr Detlef Nolte, GIGA
17-18 May Qualitative Interviews and Analysis Dr Katy Wheeler, University of Essex
28 May Global Approach to CAS III: Studying Authoritarian Regimes: A Comparative Perspective Dr Thomas Richter, GIGA
6-7 June Introduction to Grounded Theory Dr Alice Mattoni, Scuola Normale Superiore Florence
14 -15 June Making your research accessible: Data Visualization and Interactive Graphics Felix Haaß & Pau Palop García, GIGA
19-20 June An Introduction to the Logic and Practice of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Dr David Kuehn, GIGA

Information on Registration
Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on the website of the respective event.

Questions regarding the course programme or registration should be addressed to Nina Sökefeld.

Registration deadline: Friday, 6 April 2018

GIGA Summer Term Programme 2017, 24 April – 27 June 2017

Institution: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Location:
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

The following seminars are open to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers at the GIGA and its partner institutions. Please note that other external participants are asked to pay a small course fee.

24 – 25 April Qualitative Interviews Dr Alenka Jelen-Sanchez, University of Stirling
3 – 4 May Introduction to R Dr Florian Weiler, University of Kent
8 May Research Data Management – Introductory Course for Doctoral Students Dr Birte Pfeiffer, GIGA
10 May CAS & Global Studies I: Growth and Development: Basic concepts, measurement and data Apl Prof Dr Jann Lay, GIGA
18 – 19 May QCA and Case Selection Prof Ingo Rohlfing Ph.D., University of Cologne
1 – 2 June Process tracing methods – an Introduction Prof Derek Beach, University of Aarhus
7 June CAS & Global Studies II: Studying Presidential Term Limits in Africa and Latin America Dr Mariana Llanos, GIGA
13 – 14 June Introduction to Grounded Theory Alice Mattoni, Scuola Normale Superiore Florence
27 June CAS & Global Studies III: Rising Powers in World Politics Prof Dr Sandra Destradi, GIGA

Information on Registration:
Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on the website of the respective event.

Questions should be addressed to Laura Carolin Freitag.

Registration deadline: Monday, 17 April 2017

The GIGA Doctoral Programme invites applications from prospective doctoral students to join the programme on 1 October 2017

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and links them to questions of global significance. The GIGA combines this analysis with innovative comparative research in the fields of Accountability and Participation, Peace and Security, Growth and Development, and Power and Ideas across multiple levels of analysis. The GIGA Doctoral Programme is a three-year structured programme for junior academics, in which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS). We strongly welcome international applications.

Please find the Call and further information regarding the application process on our website: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/dp/application/fellow

The deadline for applications is 1 February 2017.

GIGA Hamburg: Introduction to Zotero (22.11.2016)

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

Lecturer: Dr. Birte Pfeiffer

Schedule: 22.11.2016

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

Registration: Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on the website of the respective event (see below).

Course description:
Zotero is a free, open-source tool that helps you collect, organize, cite and share your research sources. This course will introduce the basics of Zotero such as: installation, adding sources to your library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Mi-crosoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal computers so that they may download and interact with the program.

About the lecturer
Dr Birte Pfeiffer is Research Data Manager at the GIGA Information Centre.

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GIGA Hamburg: Write like a pro. How to get started, organized, finished – and succeed with your texts (20.10. and 24.11.2016)

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

Lecturer: Dr. Natalie Struve

Schedule: 20.10. and 24.11.2016

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

Registration: Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on the website of the respective event (see below).

Course description:
Being an academic means being a professional writer: for it is through writing that you make an impact and pursue your career. Alas, the writing part of academic work doesn’t seem inviting or even fun to most people. Yet it can be made a lot easier! Furthermore, writing is a useful tool in managing your thesis as well as other complex projects. Learn about helpful techniques and work on your own texts in this two-day workshop.

The workshop is split into two parts. It comes with an accompanying wiki to supply you with further information and impulses as well as a place to discuss topics. Please note that you will be asked to take part in all of that, and accomplish 3-4 small tasks before and in between workshop days.

About the trainer
Dr Natalie Struve has taught at both German and British universities. Now she coaches academic writers of all fields and levels, and provides workshops for universities and research organizations

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