International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods at the University of Pisa #sssi

The Department of Political Sciences, University of Pisa, invites you to attend the International Summer School on Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods, under the sponsorship of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI).

The Summer School will be held at the Polo Didattico “Le Piagge”, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pisa from 6th to 10th of June, 2016.

We are pleased to introduce you the most renowned scholars in the Grounded Theory – Qualitative Research traditions, such as Prof. Kathy Charmaz and Prof. David Altheide.

It will be a five-day, intensive course mainly devoted to introducing participants to Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methods with a practical approach, and with the aim of giving answer to questions such as “how to do qualitative research”, “how to collect, analyse and interpret qualitative data”, “how to write a research report” basing on your own data and findings.

Join us at the Summer School and be an active learner in our classes and in our collaborative groups. Meet interesting people you can interact with and discuss topics of your own interest concerning qualitative methods and how to give answer to your daily research problems.

You will learn and live for some days in a historically rich, stimulating and welcoming town.

We will emphasize how to (1) develop and recognize powerful codes, (2) engage in comparative analysis, (3) strengthen your emergent conceptual categories, and (4) integrate these categories into a coherent and compelling report, (5) satisfy quality in qualitative analysis, (6) communicate your findings and (7) deal with CAQDAS to improve your analyses. We will also address the fit between Grounded Theory and Symbolic Interactionism and how the method and perspective complement each other.

We will use a free, multi-platform, simple software to learn how to support analysis with computers; furthermore, each day we’ll reserve a special room to freely talk and discuss about our own experiences in qualitative research, in special sessions called Group work and “participants’ corner” (chair: Prof. Andrea Salvini)

At the beginning of the Summer School you will receive a Student ID, as you will be enrolled at University of Pisa for the Summer School period. University of Pisa will acknowledge 6 ECTS to each participant.

Bring your own laptop with you. We will provide a wi-fi access for the five-day Summer School.

Fees for participation:

470 euro: Professors, Researchers, Professionals (enrolled in Universities, Institutions and Companies)

420 euro: PHD Students

360 euro: Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

Late registration additional fee (after April 15, 2016): 50 euro

Fee includes course materials and Farewell dinner. Travel, accommodation and food are on your own expense.

At the end of the Summer School you will actively attend a Workshop onQualitative research traditions in Europe, to understand advancements and developments of qualitative methods in european academic and professional environments, with the participation of:

Prof. Robert Dingwall, Nottingham Trent University

Prof. Vessela Misheva, University of Uppsala

Prof. Emma Engdahl, University of Gothenburg

Prof. Thaddeus Müller, Lancaster University

Prof. Michael Dellwing, University of Kassel


On Friday, 10th, the Department will offer a Farewell Buffet to participants

Check the Summer School website to stay up to date:


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