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Video ethnography for the study of human practices

Date:

6th - 7th October 2016

Venue:

Kroghstraede 3, 9220 Aalborg Ø

ECTS:

3 ECTS with paper

Description

This PhD course explores practices and theoretical angles to using ethnographic methods utilising video.

More specifically the course will examine four particular areas: Preparation Before Field Work; Video ethnography in the Field; Transcription and coding; Analyzing the Data; and Creating Video as part of the presentation or reporting purposes.

Video ethnography has proved to be a dynamic and useful method to explore people’s practices and activities, including in educational settings but also in the study of every day practices. It typically involves the filming of naturally occurring activities to develop new knowledge and to stimulate reflections of people on their behaviours and actions. This PhD course will examine the complex negotiations required to use video ethnography in actual practice and how to make sense of this complex information.

More specifically the course will examine: Preparation Before Field Work; Video ethnography in the Field; Transcribing, Organising and Analyzing the Data and Identifying Episodes of Interest; and Creating Video as part of the presentation or reporting purposes.

We will discuss the distinction between ‘field’ and ‘desk’ when it comes to video ethnography and the challenges faced by ethnographers in fieldwork situations that are specific to the use of video. We will examine critical theoretical debates in video ethnography to do with the emergence of new video technologies (both collection, organization and analysis). We examine how these technologies raise questions about the role of the researcher and the participant to explore classical themes within methodological discussions of ethnography.


We invite interested students to prepare wonderings papers where they reflect on issues specific to the methodological and methods questions experienced in students’ own research including also wonderings that challenge existing practices video ethnography and the ethics of working with video methods. Wonderings papers could also take the shape of analytical papers where students reflect on the data that has been already collected. Wonderings papers need to be submitted to cass@learning.aau.dk latest by the 3rd October.

The workshop will be supported through the resources provided at VILA – the Video Research Lab at Aalborg University www.vila.aau.dk - a DIGHUMLAB initiative.

Program

Day 1

General set up: Students will be organized into thematic groups based on the way the course readings are addressed in papers. Each student will be expected to act as a discussant for another paper, but will also receive comments/feedback from teachers.

10:00-10:30 Welcome and presentation round (organisation into thematic groups).

10:30-12:00 Keynote presentation by Jeff Bezemer followed by discussion in thematic groups.

12:00-12:45 Lunch break

12:45-14:45 Thematic discussions: Theme 1 What is video ethnography. Theme 2 Video and how to select episodes of interest and introduce different ways of analysing video data

14:45-15.15 Food for thought presentation by Thomas Ryberg

15.15-16.00 Walk and talk with video: summarise and reflect on the day

(16:-17:00 Late drop in @ VILA in with coffee to share resources - optional)

18.30 We finish the day with a joint meal.

 

Day 2

(8:00-9:00 Early drop in @ VILA in with coffee to share resources - optional)
9:00-10:30 Presentation by Jacob Davidsen – transcribing video followed by discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Thematic session 3: Data analysis, including multimodal aspects and what it means to produce transcripts that produce information that goes beyond talk.

12:30 –13.30 Lunch

13.30- 14:30: Food for thought presentation by Kathrin Otrel-Cass: Presenting and sharing video – ethics, formats, purpose

14:30-15:00 Coffee break

15:00- 15:45: Summary, revisiting the wonderings papers and making plans.

15:45-16:15: Evaluation and feedback

18:30 Dinner in town

ECTS: 2 participation and preparation (2 ECTS) + preparation of ’wonderings paper’ (1 ECTS) – (optional)

Presenters:

Kathrin Otrel-Cass – Learning and Philosophy

Thomas Ryberg – Communication & Psychology

Jacob Davidsen - Communication & Psychology

Jeff Bezemer, UCL knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London

 

Registration:

HeR

Paper:

Wonderings papers need to be submitted to cass@learning.aau.dk latest by the 3rd October.

Coffee, the, water and lunch will be served free og charge.

 

SEKRETARIAT

Program Director Lektor Lars Birch Andreasen
lba@learning.aau.dk
Phone 9940 2361

PhD secretary Jeanette Arboe
jma@learning.aau.dk
Phone 9940 3062