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Qualitative Methods Reading Group

Fortnightly group for PhD students

The Qualitative Methods Reading Group is a fortnightly gathering of PhD students across various departments who are employing, or aim to employ, qualitative methods as a part of their research.

This group aims to create an opportunity to further their knowledge on these methods through review and discussion. Additionally, some sessions will have PhD students and senior researchers present their own work.

Fortnightly meetings take place in the Department of Methodology on Monday at 12.00 - 13.00, unless specified otherwise. If you are interested in joining this reading group, please email Nancy (n.n.breton@lse.ac.uk), Poorvi (p.iyer1@lse.ac.uk), Akriti (a.mehta29@lse.ac.uk), Brandon (b.green2@lse.ac.uk) or Ronnie (r.kuppers-johansson@lse.ac.uk) so you can be added to the Slack channel for this reading group. You will then have access to the meeting information and the readings for this group.

Register in advance to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

2021/22 reading list

Michaelmas Term

11th October

Paper - "Looking at the ‘field’ through a Zoom lens: Methodological reflections on conducting online research during a global pandemic" by Marnie Howlett

25th October

Paper - "Confession, catharsis, or cure? Rethinking the uses of reflexivity as methodological power in qualitative research"  by Wanda Pillow

8th November

 Paper: Reflexivity and research Feminist interventions and their practical implications by Andrea L. Dottolo and Sarah M. Tillery

22nd November 

Paper: Clare Coultas. (2021). "Accounting for colonial complicities through Refusals in researching agency across borders." Journal of Social Issues, 1– 21. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12473

2020/21 reading list

Lent Term 

26th January 

Book - Indigenous research methodologies by Bagele Chilisa

Chapter 9 (Post-colonial indigenous feminist research methodologies)

9th February 

Book - Indigenous research methodologies by Bagele Chilisa

Chapter 10 (Building partnerships and integrating knowledge systems)

23rd February 

Book - Research justice: Methodologies for social change - Edited by Andrew J. Jolivette

Chapter 3 (Blurred lines: creating and crossing boundaries between interviewer and subject)

9th March 

Book - Research justice : Methodologies for social change - Edited by Andrew J. Jolivette

chapter 12 (Actos del corazón: las sabias - bridging the digital divide, and redefining historical preservation)

23rd March 

Book - Doing Cross-Cultural Research: Ethical and Methodological Perspectives – Edited by Pranee Liamputtong

Chapter 16 (Let’s Tell You a Story: Use of Vignettes in Focus Group Discussions on HIV/AIDS Among Migrant and Mobile Men in Goa, India)

6th April 

Book - Doing Cross-Cultural Research: Ethical and Methodological Perspectives – Edited by Pranee Liamputtong

Chapter 17 (Face-to-Face versus Online Focus Groups in Two Different Countries: Do Qualitative Data Collection Strategies Work the Same Way in Different Cultural Contexts?)

Michaelmas Term 

Decolonising Methodologies, Linda Tuhiwai Smith

19th October Introduction

2nd November Chapter 2 - Research through Imperial Eyes

16th November Chapter 7 - Articulating an Indigenous research agenda

30th november Chapter 9 - Responding to the imperatives of an Indigenous agenda

2019/20 reading list

Lent Term 

20th January (N.B. this session will take place in OLD.3.25)

3rd February

Practicality of conducting an interview

17th February (N.B. this session will take place in OLD.3.25 from 12:00-13:00)

Qualitative design & research tools: Participant observation and/or interview

Michaelmas Term 

21st October

18th November

2nd December