Report: International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods Pisa 2016 #sssi #sociology #methods

International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods

University of Pisa – Department of Political Science

6-10 June 2016

It was held in Pisa the first International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods, under the sponsorship of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) and the University of Pisa, during the days 6-7-8-9-10th of June 2016. A useful opportunity to raise awareness worldwide about the SSSI, as well as about the vitality of the European Symbolic Interactionists’ group.

After this precious experience, we would like to thank all those who have made it possible.

First, we need to thank the teachers who took part in this educational opportunity, providing students with their knowledge and their expertise throughout the entire course. Last, but not least, we would like to emphasize that this experience would not have been possible without the selfless work of the staff of the University of Pisa, and without the rigorous coordination of Dr. Irene Psaroudakis.

For five intensive days the University of Pisa became the nerve center of a renewed interest on the grounded theory methodology and qualitative methods developments.

This is witnessed by the large number of participants which attended the Summer School: about 74 people from all over the world, including students, doctoral students, research fellows, and teachers.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Pisa plans to replicate this pleasant experience in the years to come, aiming to become an internationally renowned centre of education and research on Symbolic Interactionist studies and on constructivist grounded theory methodology. Only by keeping on organizing educational opportunities alike, it’s possible to imagine spreading and consolidating the grounded theory tradition all over the world.

During the first three days, the participants were guided by Professor Kathy Charmaz (Sonoma State University) through an in-depth exploration of the constructivist grounded theory approach and its techniques. An interesting journey through many themes, like intensive interviewing, theoretical sampling, initial and focused coding, memo writing, but also oriented to explore the links between the constructivist grounded theory methodology and the Symbolic Interactionist tradition. Professor Kathy Charmaz prepared some exercises for the students to do, in order to better illustrate the different steps of the constructivist grounded theory approach. The lectures were very interactive, with many questions and comments from the audience.

On the fourth day it was the turn of Professor David Altheide (Arizona State University) to take the floor. After an epistemological digression on the concept of validity in social science – in a phase of deep interest around the dimension of reflexivity and meaning – the focus shifted on the methodological dimension, concerning the triangulation technique, document analysis, and general guidelines for writing a research report.

On the last day the participants were invited to explore the features of RQDA, an open source Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS). Professor Andrea Salvini (University of Pisa) underlined the role of this type of software in conducting a qualitative research study, making a pros and cons lists, and illustrating in detail, by using visual basic examples, the different functions of the software, like coding, categorizing, memoing and conceptual mapping.

After each of these lectures, in the afternoon, the participants were invited to freely take part in a moment for discussion, dialogue and debate on the various topic covered. The “participants’ corner” has proved to be very useful in order to stimulate the vitality of an emerging community of scholars, interested in these topics.

The Summer School ended with a workshop on “Qualitative research traditions in Europe” which was held by scholars from the EU SSSI board, formed by Professor Robert Dingwall (Nottingham Trent University), Professor Vessela Misheva (University of Uppsala), Professor Emma Engdahl (University of Gothenburg), Professor Thaddeus Müller (Lancaster University), Professor Michael Dellwing (University of Kassel). The workshop has proved to be very stimulating, touching on many topics concerning the present condition and the future developments of Symbolic Interactionist tradition in the European scene. Consistent with this, during the entire course of the Summer School, constant reference was made to the relationships between the grounded theory methodology and the theoretical frameworks of Symbolic Interactionism, encouraging the participants to look at the data drawing inspiration from this perspective.

This pleasant experience was the first step for the construction and subsequent consolidation of a community of scholars actively engaged on the issues of qualitative research, with particular reference to the constructivist grounded theory approach and Symbolic Interactionism tradition. The hope is to be able to replicate it in the years to come, and, meanwhile, to offer those who attended the Summer School a structured opportunity to communicate with each other, by sharing experiences and good practices. In order to stimulate this process, in the coming months will be activated and updated the Summer School’s Facebook page and the website, so that they become means for exchanging, sharing and grow together as a community.

Luca Ciccarese
PhD Research Scholar in Sociology
Department of Political Science
University of Pisa

 

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#SSSI 2016 Annual Conference – Preliminary Progam

The Preliminary Program for our 2016 Annual Conference in Seattle, WA has been published on the Society’s website. Follow this link to be taken there.

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Looking back on a year

Jason Sumerau has kept the SSSI Music Blog for the past year. If you did not follow it, please go here: https://sssimusic.wordpress.com

Symbolic Interaction Music Blog

About a year ago, I began editing and writing on this blog. After a year, I find myself surprised that a year has already gone by, and that I am still doing it. When I initially agreed to start working on this blog, I thought I would try it out and maybe do it for a month or so. Instead, here I sit an entire year later continuing to enjoy exploring interconnections between symbolic interactionism, music, and society.

Although Interactionists do not often spend much time with numbers, the ones captured by this site in the past year suggest my work on the blog has been fruitful to date, and I hope to continue that pattern. Comparing the past few years on the site, every measure – views, visitors, likes, and comments – went up quite a bit in the past year from previous amounts. I have also gotten…

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Prelim Program – EU SSSI Conference in Topola, Bulgaria #sssi

 

THE VII CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF

SYMBOLIC INTERACTION

4-8 July 2015, Topola, Bulgaria

Integrating Interactionist Traditions:

Building Theoretical, Methodological, and Disciplinary Bridges in the Study of Everyday Life

P R E L I M I N A R Y

P  R  O  G  R  A  M

DAY ONE – MONDAY 4 JULY          

09:00-10:00 Congress Opening

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  I   10:30 – 11:30  

10:30-11:15 Thomas DeGloma, City University of New York, US

Bridging Cultural Sociology and Symbolic Interaction: A Comparative and Interactionist Sociology of Anonymity

11:15-11:30 Discussion

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  II   11:45 – 12:45

11:45-12:30 Staci Newmahr, SUNY Buffalo State, US

Title to be announced

12:30-12:45 Discussion

12:45-14:00 Lunch Break

PLENARY PANEL   14:00 – 16:00

14:00-16:00 Panel Coordinator Vessela Misheva, University of Uppsala

To be announced

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  III   16:30 – 17:30

16:30-17:15 Gary A Fine, Northwestern University, US

Group Pleasures: Collaborative Commitments, Narrative Gratification, and the Sociology of Fun

17:15-17:30 Discussion

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   17:45– 19:15

20:00 – Conference Dinner

DAY TWO – TUESDAY 5 JULY

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  IV   09.00 – 10:00

09:00-09:45 Sam Hillyard, Durham University, UK

The Increasing Importance of the Absent and its Implication for Interactionism

09:45-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   10:30 – 12:00

12:00-13:15 Lunch Break

WORKSHOP  I   15:00 – 16:30

15:00-16:30 Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University, US

Topics and Projects about Symbolic Interaction and Music

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   15:00 – 16:30

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   17:00 – 18:30

19:30 – Dinner

DAY THREE – WEDNESDAY 6 JULY

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  V   9:00 – 10:00

09:00-09:45 Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University, US

The Theoretical Intersection of Science and Music

09:45-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

WORKSHOP  II  10:30 – 12:00

10:30-12:00 Lauren Langman, Loyola University, US, and Tova Benski,

College of Management-Academic Studies, Israel

Emotions and Social Movements

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   10:30 – 12:00

12:00 13:15 Lunch Break

PANEL SESSION  14:00 – 16:00

14:00-16:00 Panel Coordinator Michael Dellwing, University of Kassel,

Germany

Dramaturgical Analysis in a Networked World

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   14:00 – 15:30

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   15:30 – 17:00

17:00 – Tour of Evksinograd Palace and Dinner hosted by the Mayor of Varna

DAY FOUR – THURSDAY 7 JULY

WORKSHOP  III  09:00 – 12:00

09:00-12:00 Lisa-Jo Van Den Scott, Memorial University of Newfoundland,

Canada

Visual Methods in Ethnography

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   09:00 – 10:15

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   10:30 – 12:00

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  VI   15:00 – 16:00

15:00-15:45 Lauren Langman, Loyola University, US

The Coming of Protean Selfhood

15:45-16:00 Discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

CONCURRENT SESSIONS   16:30 – 18:00

18:15-19:15 EU SSSI Business Meeting

19:30 – Dinner

DAY FIVE – FRIDAY 8 JULY

10:00-12:00 Excursion to Balchick Palace followed by lunch

15:30-16:30 Collaborative Projects Discussion

16:45-17:15 Conference Closing

19:30 – Dinner

DOCTORAL STUDENT SESSIONS (IN BULGARIAN)09:00 –15:00

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

12:00-13:15 Lunch Break

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

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EU SSSI Conference in Topola, Bulgaria #sssi

The VIIth Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Integrating Interactionist Traditions:

Building Theoretical, Methodological, and

Disciplinary Bridges in the Study of Everyday Life

July 4th-8th, 2016, Topola, Bulgaria

The aim of the Conference is to bring together prominent scholars with rich and diverse backgrounds in the field of social psychology and symbolic interactionism from a number of disciplines, countries, and continents. It seeks to expand upon the organizational experiences and successful practices established through the previous conferences that the EU SSSI has hosted in Pisa (2010), Kassel (2011), Rotterdam (2012), Uppsala (2013), Aalborg (2014), and Salford (2015), with the support of the SSSI.

As with previous EU SSSI conferences, our ambition is to facilitate knowledge transfer and encourage the exchange of research experience between European and North American scholarly traditions as well as between sociology and other social sciences. A special feature of this Conference is that it is the first conference on symbolic interaction in Eastern Europe, where scholars have worked within interactionist traditions, particularly during the last twenty years, in order to tackle specific and urgent social problems. We also hope that the Conference venue will help integrate a broader range of European traditions than our previous conferences in Southern, Northern, and Western Europe.

The Conference host is the Institute for Population and Human Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The Institute has strong socio-psychological and interactionist traditions as the heir of the Institute of Psychology.

Topola Skies Resort on the seacoast north of Varna was selected as the Conference venue in order to draw upon Bulgaria’s experience in organizing scientific conferences for over 50 years on the Black Sea. The venue has facilities suitable for both larger and smaller meetings and gatherings, and an effort will be made to avoid parallel sessions. Topola Skies makes it very convenient for Conference participants to be accompanied by family members, and the location provides good opportunities for exploring the rich history and culture of the Bulgarian Black Sea region and elsewhere in the country as well.

Deadline for Abstracts: April 30th, 2016

Abstracts for presentations are to be submitted by April 30th to the Conference email address: conference2016@iphs.eu . Proposals (400-600 words in length, Microsoft Word or PDF format) should indicate the titles of presentations and the names of all authors, including their affiliations and contact information. Abstracts for thematic sessions, indicating the session title and the names and affiliations of 2-3 discussants, shall also be submitted by April 30th.

More detailed information concerning the conference, including registration and accommodations, is available at the conference website: http://www.esssi2016.bg/ . The program features prominent keynote speakers from North American and European institutions with the generous support of the SSSI and our European sponsors. Any inquiries concerning further information may be directed to the Conference email address above.

National Organizing Committee: Prof. Andrew Blasko, Chair; Assoc. Prof. Antoaneta Hristova; Assoc. Prof. Toshko Krastev; Asst. Prof. Mona Foscolo; Asst. Diliana Veleva; Asst. Ilina Nacheva.

International Organizing Committee: Prof. Vessela Misheva, Chair; Prof. Andrea Salvini; Prof. Robert Dingwall; Prof. Gregory Smith; Assoc. Prof. Michael Dellwing; Assoc. Prof. Thaddeus Muller; Assoc. Prof. Emma Engdahl.

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Couch-Stone Symposium 2016 – Program

The Program for the 2016 Couch-Stone Symposium in Nanaimo, British Columbia has been published. Please click here for the Program.

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Latest Issue of SSSI Notes OUT! (Vol.44 No. 3) #sssi #sociology

The latest news letter of our Society has just been published. It contains information on the forthcoming Couch-Stone Symposium and our Annual Conference in Seattle as well as updates on awards and publications. To access the newsletter please click here.

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