CANCELLED!  PhD Summer School 2017: Troubles and Challenges in Qualitative Research

CANCELLED! PhD Summer School 2017: Troubles and Challenges in Qualitative Research

Qualitative research often takes place in settings or milieus that the researcher may find difficult to navigate in. At other times, the research addresses sensitive or tacit themes where respondents appear reluctant, unwilling or unable to share information.


11.10.2017 kl. 12.00 - 13.10.2017 kl. 15.00



The purpose of this year’s summer school is to address these and other types of troubles and challenges when collecting qualitative data. The course lectures will address different types of challenging research settings such as investigating and gaining access to gangs, prostitutes, undocumented migrants and organizations. The course will pinpoint the strategies that researchers have used in order to navigate and carry out successful research in difficult fields. The course will also address how troubles and challenges may inspire methodological reflexivity towards delicate issues such as power, positionality and subjectivation in the research process, and how such reflexivity may be a source of data in itself.  


Trine Lund Thomsen (Department of Culture and Global Studies, AAU) 

Sune Qvotrup Jensen (Department of Sociology and Social Work, AAU) 

Stine Thidemann Faber (Department of Culture and Global Studies, AAU)


Marie Bruvik (Department of Sociology and Social Work, AAU) 

Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen (Department of Business and Management, AAU)

Steffen Bo Jensen (Department of Culture and Global Studies, AAU) 

Trine Lund Thomsen (Department of Culture and Global Studies, AAU)


English. Papers can be written in English or in Scandinavian languages.


3 points for participation, additional 2 points for paper. 

REGISTRATION and payment

Please register and pay at this link by 27 September 2017.  


Participation for PhD students enrolled at a Danish University: 1200 DKK (covering food and beverages during the three days), PhD students enrolled at other universities: 1500 DKK (covering fee, food and beverages during the three days). For both internal and external PhD students additional 400 DKK (plus VAT) is required for dinner at a down town restaurant on 12 October (optional, but highly recommended).


DGI Huset Nordkraft, Teglgårds Plads 1, 9000 Aalborg. Please find a map to seminar venue, hotels etc at this link.


8-15 pages with reflections over approaches to analysis and presentation of qualitative results to Marianne Høgsbro by 27 September 2017. We strongly encourage you to send in (parts of) a chapter or an article that you are writing on as a part of your dissertation – instead of producing a paper for this summer school only. 


This year’s PhD course builds on last year’s summer course in qualitative methods where the focus was on being creative in the choice of and combination of different methods in qualitative research.

The purpose of this year’s summer PhD course is to discuss different approaches and strategies for collecting and analyzing qualitative data. There is a lot of literature about research methods and techniques and these are often thoroughly accounted for in research projects, but considerations about for instance exactly what should be considered as data and how to conduct analysis are often sparse. Thus, the course this year focuses on analysis of qualitative data in a broad sense, including relations between researcher and researched as well as the processes of conducting and writing up qualitative research.

October 11, 2017

12:00-12:30 Registration and lunch
12:30-13:30 Welcome, introduction to the course and presentation round the table
13:30-15:00 Lecture I: Steffen Bo Jensen
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 PhD presentations

October 12, 2017

09:00-10:30 Lecture II: Marie Bruvik
10:30-10:45 Short break
10:45-12:15 PhD presentations
12:15-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Lecture III: Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen
14:30-15:15 Outdoor walk-and-talk
15:15-15:30 Coffee/tea break
15:30-17:00 PhD presentations
19:00- Social dinner downtown Aalborg (for those who sign up)

October 13, 2017

09:00-10:30 Lecture IV: Trine Lund Thomsen
10:30-11:00 Indoor walk-and-talk with coffee/tea
11:00-12:30 PhD presentations
12:15-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:45 Evaluation and end
13:45-14:00 Departure



Department of Culture and Global Studies and Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University


DGI Huset Nordkraft, Teglgårds Plads 1, 9000 Aalborg


Institut for Kultur og Globale Studier
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