March 16 | The method of 'con/text analysis' for interviews and other biographic data


Course information

  • Type: Course
  • Dates:
    • March 16 (Thursday) 2017
    • March 23 (Thursday) 2017
    • March 30 (Thursday) 2017
    • April 6 (Thursday) 2017
  • Time: 13.30 - 16.30
  • Location: EUR Woudestein campus Rotterdam (<link contact directions _blank internal link in current>directions):
    • Session 1: M3-03 (Van der Goot Building)
    • Session 2: M2-09 (van der Goot Building)
    • Session 3: M3-04 (Van der Goot Building)  note: different location as listed in the hard copy PhD course guide.
    • Session 4: M3-04 (Van de Goot Building)
  • Course fee:
    free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
    € 420,- for non-members
    Consult our <link doctoral-education enrolment-policy internal-link internal link in current>enrolment policy for more information
  • Contact:
    Menno Verbeek (enrolment-related questions) verbeek@egsh.eur.nl  
    Dr. Karin Willemse (course-related questions) k.willemse@eshcc.eur.nl
  • Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082517

Do you have interviews and want to know how to analyse them more in-depth? This course centers on the exploration of interviews and other oral sources. It departs from the notion of ‘reading’ your interview ‘against the grain’, which is geared towards capturing a 'view from below'.

There are four sessions with mini-lectures and practical training. In every meeting the focus is on grasping theoretical concepts and turning these into methodological tools you can use to analyse your own interview in-depth. Literature on the concepts of identity, discourse, focalisation and argumentation as well as on self-reflexivity are discussed in class as a basis for this analysis. The lecturer explicates the use of these concepts on the basis of concrete examples.

The method of con/text is particularly suitable for analyzing interviews that have been recorded by the researcher her/himself in the social sciences and cultural studies research. It is also possible to apply the method to interviews that were done by others and other kinds of ego-documents, s