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2018 Situational Analysis in Theory and Practice

Situational Analysis in Theory and Practice

NB! The Course isully booked.

Situational Analysis offers an innovative extension of grounded theory useful in qualitative research projects that draws on interviews, observations, and visual, narrative, and historical discourse materials. To engage the dense complexities of real world situations, Situational Analysis braids together Strauss's ecological social worlds/arenas theory, Foucault’s discourse analysis, and Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizomes and assemblages.

The course will be arranged as a mix of lectures, workshops, and classroom based discussions of empirical material generated by the participants. The lectures are intended to introduce and discuss some fundamental ontological, epistemological, and methodological questions concerning the framing of qualitative research. However, the main focus of the course is to engage participants in active and participatory processes of writing, reflection, mapping and analysis of their own empirical material.

Participants must submit a paper for the course. The paper is supposed to reflect on the framing of the participants’ empirical studies: What do they consider to be the ‘objective’ and the ‘situation’ of their research? Furthermore, participants will be invited to produce situational maps and analysis, social worlds/arenas maps, and positional maps that can be presented and discussed in small workshops. The workshops will be led by the faculty members – faculty members will also serve as (co-)discussants of the papers and maps presented by the students.

Finally, some of the (exemplary) empirical material from the workshops will be further discussed in plenum sessions. Professor Clarke will lead these discussions in order to demonstrate the approaches of Situational Analysis in practice.


Professor Emerita Adele Clarke, University of California, San Francisco

Professor Kristian Larsen, Aalborg University Copenhagen

Professor Anders Buch, Aalborg University Copenhagen

ECTS granted: 5

Course dates:

June 25th – 27th 2018.


Aalborg University, Copenhagen, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark

Deadline for application:

The course is fully booked. There will not be a waitinglist.

Participation is free. Accommodation and travel expenses must be covered by the participants.

Be aware that no-show-fee and cancellation after deadline will be charges with 500,-DKR

Please direct practical questions to Jeanette Mie Arboe jma@learning.aau.dk. Questions about the course can be directed to Anders Buch, buch@learning.aau.dk

Registration: Here


Program Director Lektor Lars Birch Andreasen
Phone 9940 2361

PhD secretary Jeanette Arboe
Phone 9940 3062