645617 UE/2 Empirical Research and Fieldwork: researching sensitive fields

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645617
Empirical Research and Fieldwork: researching sensitive fields
UE 2
5
weekly
annually
German

Students shall acquire theoretical and practical knowledge regarding the application of field research methods (participant observation, interviews) in different challenging settings respectively contents.

Based on inputs of the lecturer, the reading of short theoretical texts and field research examples as well as practical exercises, an insight into ethnological working in fields will be given which pose special challenges e.g. because of sensitive topics (such as membership in discriminated groups, or combat experiences), within settings within which field access is complicated, or in surroundings characterized by violent structures (conducting research about organized crime or in Afghanistan). Within this context, the following aspects shall be addressed:

The reciprocal relationship between researcher and field: being affected emotionally, handling of ascriptions by and towards the researcher (gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity), modification of understanding themselves and the world

·         Experiences of the (supposed) “own” vs. “the other” (ethnocentricity, exotism, sterotypes, differences of conceptualizing and logic of action, spaces o experiences and horizons of expectation)

·         (inter)cultural encounters and communication

·         Dangerous situations and their impact on planning and conduction of research

·         Ethical questions: responsibility of ethnologists regarding research in sensitive fields (representation of research subjects, handling of research results)

The course will be supported by guest speakers who will describe the handling of communicative grammars and everyday-life practices relevant in intercultural contacts using the example of Afghanistan and who will conduct practical exercises with the students.

lecture, text work, empirical exercises

Continuous and active participation, written reflection of own fieldwork experience

Leimgruber, Walter/Bischoff, Christine/Oehme-Juengling, Karoline (Hg.): Methoden der Kulturanthropologie. Ein Arbeitsbuch. Bern 2014.

Froschauer, Ulrike/Lueger, Manfred: Das qualitative Interview, Wien 2003.

Girtler, Roland: Methoden der qualitativen Sozialforschung, 3. Auflage, Wien u.a. 1992.

Göttsch, Silke/Lehmann, Albrecht (Hg.): Methoden der Volkskunde. Positionen, Quellen, Arbeitsweisen der Europäischen Ethnologie. 2. Auflage, Berlin 2007.

Heringer, Hans Jürgen: Interkulturelle Kommunikation. Tübingen 2010, 2. Auflage.

Krumbier, Dagmar/Schulz von Thun, Friedemann (Hg.): Interkulturelle Kommunikation – Methoden, Modelle, Beispiele. Reinbek  2006.

Roth, Klaus (Hrsg.) Mit der Differenz leben. Europäische Ethnologie und interkulturelle Kommunikation. Münster 1996.

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05.10.2016
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Wed 2016-10-05
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-10-12
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Wed 2016-10-19
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-11-09
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Wed 2016-11-09
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Wed 2016-11-16
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-11-23
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-11-30
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-12-07
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2016-12-14
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-01-11
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-01-18
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Wed 2017-01-25
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-02-01
15.30 - 17.00 52U109 SR 52U109 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired