Upcoming methods@manchester events in Dec

Engaging Qualitative Material: two linked half-day workshops

2 December and 10 December 2014
1.30pm – 4.30pm
A ‘qualitative journey’ in academia today is fraught with inconsistencies and choicepoints for the new researcher. How can qualitative researchers develop their theses credibly and evidence their arguments plausibly from qualitative data? What substantive rationales and methodological criteria can they justify in submitting and defending their non-metric PhDs?  In this series of two workshops participants will engage in a sequence of hands-on practice where qualitative material from a PhD is analysed. Creativity and deliberateness are demanded in qualitative analysis, and each is practised on both afternoons. The practical exercises allow participants to make analytic comparisons at increasingly higher levels to generate codes and inter-relate concepts. Reference is made to a range of qualitative problematics, with techniques from grounded theory illustrating the robustness possible in sound inductive investigation. Anticipating the perennial problematics in engaging qualitative material can help you retain confidence in the face of pervasive institutional contradictions.
11.30am – 4pm
In this workshop, Tom Wengraf provides participants with hands-on experience both of the two-subsession BNIM interview and of the BNIM-panel analysis central to BNIM twin-track interpretation methodology. BNIM is concerned with the ‘lived experiencing’ of its interviewees either over the whole of their lives or over a selected life-period.  The BNIM interpretation methodology involves reconstructing current lived experiencing, but also the lived experiencing in previous phases or at earlier moments, of a particular situated and self-situating subjectivity. With an intrinsically psychosocial (or rather, psychosocietal)  approach to situated subjectivities, you can use BNIM to illuminate a relatively sociological understanding of situations as experienced or a relatively psychological understanding of subjectivities as co-constituted by past situations and as co-constituting present situations. Or both! On its own, or in combination with other methods, BNIM is a very flexible and widely-used tool. This course provides you with an experience-based understanding of how it works and what its uses can be.
This Second Workshop presupposes that you have attended the First BNIM Workshop and/or have read some BNIM material and/or (especially) have made at least an informal attempt at doing a trial BNIM interview and  even perhaps even some start at interpreting the material from such an interview.  From this you should have some overall view of BNIM interviewing and interpretation. Assuming this, it is designed for those who have “Questions Arising” from their own lived experience of trying to do (or thinking about trying to do) BNIM interviews and also perhaps also trying to come to grips with BNIM interpretive practice. These  ”Questions Arising from having already  tried to do something BNIM-ish” are likely to range from the very practical to the theoretical/epistemological. Since they will be questions arising in different people’s heads as they have tried differently to explore the use and the practice of BNIM, this Second Workshop depends pretty largely on the issues brought by those who choose to attend it and on their responses to the different type of answers given in the Workshop to those questions.

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