Instructors: Drs Adam Kochanski & Emily Scott (McGill University) Moderator: Jana Walkowski, McGill University
Two methods workshops will concern (1) principles of ethnographic research in IR and (2) approaches to interviewing in insecure contexts. We will cover issues of research design, positionality, power, sampling and recruitment, ethics, and gender and focus on practical tips and questions about how to conduct research using these methods. The panel discussion “Qualitative Research in Areas of Conflict: Lessons from a Pre- to a Post-Pandemic Era” to follow will concern doing IR research in insecure contexts, with particular focus on planning and working in areas of conflict and in the pandemic and post-pandemic era.
To participate in this workshop, all attendees are expected to read the following articles and actively participate in Q&A and discussion:
Cronin-Furman, K., & Lake, M. (2018). Ethics abroad: Fieldwork in fragile and violent contexts. PS: Political Science & Politics, 51(3), 607-614.
Fujii, L. A. (2017). Interviewing in social science research: A relational approach, (Chapter 1). Routledge.
Schatz, E. (Ed.). (2013). Political ethnography: What immersion contributes to the study of power (Introduction). University of Chicago Press.
Wood, E. J. (2006). The ethical challenges of field research in conflict zones. Qualitative sociology, 29(3), 373-386.
9:00-9:10 AM Zoom opens
9:10-10:00 AM Workshop 1 Followed by Q&A: Principles of Ethnographic Research in IR
Instructor: Dr Adam Kochanski (McGill University)
10:00-10:50 AM Workshop 2 Followed by Q&A: Approaches to Interviewing in Insecure Contexts
Instructor: Dr Emily Scott (McGill University)
11:00-12:00 PM Panel Discussion Followed by Q&A: Qualitative Research in Areas of Conflict: Lessons from a Pre- to a Post-Pandemic Era
Panelists in alphabetical order: Drs Adam Kochanski (McGill University), Emily Scott (McGill University), Jessica Soedirgo (University of Amsterdam), Kate Cronin-Furman (University College London), and Tania Islas Weinstein (McGill University)
12:00-12:30 PM Final note: Timing and Modalities of Interviews
Dr Jennifer Welsh, CIPSS Director (McGill University)
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