Summer reading: Ethnography and power

Timothy Pachirat’s (2018) book, Among wolves: Ethnography and the immersive study of power, is one of a series edited by Dvora Yanow and Pergrine Schwartz-Shea. As stated by the editors, the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods focuses on interpretive methodology, and engages with three concerns: (1) methodological issues, (2) approaches and methods, and (3) applications … Continue reading Summer reading: Ethnography and power

Autobiography of a disease

Recently, I have had two unplanned conversations with individuals who have experienced serious illness from bacterial infections. Like many of you, I’ve also come across media reports about current research that examines the causes of bacterial infections, as well as why there has been a rise in infections that are drug-resistant. In one such article … Continue reading Autobiography of a disease

Ethics and Interview Practice

Some years ago, I talked to a number of experienced qualitative researchers about how they used interviews in their research. There was a good deal of variation in how this group of researchers used interviews, and the kinds of interviews that they preferred to use (e.g., focus groups, phenomenological, ethnographic interviews etc.). One of the … Continue reading Ethics and Interview Practice

Call for Proposals: AERA 2019 Qualitative Research SIG

For those readers who conduct qualitative research in the field of education, the following conference may be of interest. The American Educational Research Association sponsors many Special Interest Groups (SIG), one of which is the Qualitative Research SIG. In 2019, the annual AERA meeting will be in Toronto, Canada. See the call for proposals below. … Continue reading Call for Proposals: AERA 2019 Qualitative Research SIG

Conferences to present your qualitative research

There are numerous conferences across the globe that provide opportunities for scholars from multiple disciplines to present their work, and network with colleagues. Some of these conferences are situated in specific disciplines (e.g., health research), whereas as others bring scholars from multiple disciplines together and provide a venue to focus on methods. Still other professional … Continue reading Conferences to present your qualitative research

Ethics for Qualitative Research on Violence Against Women

Violence against women, defined as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women,” is a pervasive public health and human rights issue (World Health Organization, 2017). Research around violence against women, and violence research in general, seeks to understand the … Continue reading Ethics for Qualitative Research on Violence Against Women

Postcard from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: 2018

This past week marks the 14th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Urbana-Champaign. This year’s congress was just as busy as ever. The main conference kicked off on the evening of Thursday 17 May, with two keynote speakers -- Bronwyn Davies and Karen Staller -- providing thought-provoking addresses responding to the conference … Continue reading Postcard from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: 2018

Navigating the doctoral journey

There are numerous texts that provide a guide for students to how to navigate a doctoral program and how supervisors might work with doctoral students. For example, Pat Thomson and Melanie Walker have edited separate handbooks (2010; 2010) for doctoral students and their supervisors. One recent text by Lene Tanggaard and Charlotte Wegener (2017) provides … Continue reading Navigating the doctoral journey

Recently published qualitative studies

One of the bonuses of teaching qualitative research is getting to read examples of  how researchers design and conduct very different studies using different theoretical approaches. This past semester, I used several recently published studies with one of my qualitative research classes. These three qualitative studies demonstrate recent studies that use narrative inquiry, phenomenology, and … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies

Conducting qualitative interviews: The gap between prescriptions and practice

Over the past year I have been examining archival records from the administration of the Federal Writers’ Project, a work relief scheme undertaken as part of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s in the United States. I have been struck by the disparities in how different people enacted instructions provided to them with respect … Continue reading Conducting qualitative interviews: The gap between prescriptions and practice