This is a mixed session: After two regular paper presentations, everybody interested in the “state and future of qualitative methods” is welcome to join the discussion at 7 pm. Engaging with a panel of experts and an open discussion with the audience, this session addresses the ambivalent situation that researchers using qualitative methods currently find themselves in. While there have been recent successes in institutionalizing qualitative methods in some European contexts, other colleagues still face a situation in which qualitative methods are not fully acknowledged. Yet, some scholars have started to use the notion of “post-qualitative” approaches, seemingly moving beyond what we know as qualitative research approaches.
How well are qualitative methods institutionalized and accepted in different European contexts? Given the current social and technological developments, what are the main challenges that qualitative approaches face? What are new directions in the field of qualitative research?
After a short input that summarizes the state of qualitative methods in a range of European countries, a panel of experts and RN20 board members will discuss what they currently regard as main challenges for qualitative methods and how they see the future of qualitative approaches. The major part of the session will consist of an open discussion with the audience.
The discussion begins at 7 pm. The panel participants are:
Paul Atkinson, Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at Cardiff University, Wales, UK
Uwe Flick, Professor for Qualitative Social and Education Research at the Free University of Berlin, Germany
Ulrike Kissmann, Professor of Sociological Methodology of Qualitative Reconstructive Research at the University of Kassel, Germany
Silvia Cataldi, Lecturer in Sociology at the Sapienza University in Rome, Italy
The panel will be moderated by Florian Elliker, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland