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Conference: September 1 – 3, 2016

Workshops:  August 31, 2016


The Conference will be held in the modern conference centre of the Jagiellonian UniversityAuditorium Maximum

address: Krupnicza 33, Kraków


As technologically becomes more advanced and pervasive, we must question its influence on our society, on our interactions and on our research methods and data. We now know new ways of collecting data, new approaches to data analysis, and also new kinds of data. These new data forms include continuous audio/video recording and photographs (underpinning visual analyses), the Internet, eye-tracking devices and GPS trackers. Qualitative researchers have brand new territories for our research.

The omnipresent digitalization and a significant advancement of data analysis software both contribute to technologicising the research process.

It is, however, important to emphasise that within the area of qualitative research technologies have a broader meaning far transcending mere equipment and software. Even more specialized know how, hand in hand with accumulative research experience offers new procedures, tools, techniques, and sophisticated methods that  help organise every stage of the research process. Coding procedures, matrices, transcription systems and schemes for annotating diagrams—all these contribute to methodological know how, part of the so-called research technology.

Thus, the meaning of technology within the field of qualitative research has another dimension—it can be seen as a way of standardizing and formalizing the methodology itself.

These technologies require debate on opportunities, threats, practices, merits, disadvantages, solutions, and a diverse array of methodological, epistemological, and ontological approaches that qualitative social researchers confront (or should confront) when conducting research. Perhaps even in research methods, we can say “man makes the tools and the tools make the man.” Giving space for reflection and discussion on the abovementioned issues, we invite novice and experienced researchers to participate in and contribute to the forthcoming Conference, which encompasses—but is not limited to—the following areas:


More information: http://www.esa-cracow.pl/ [1]