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Qualifie - Qualitative and Fieldwork Working Group

The Qualitative and Fieldwork Working Group (Qualifie) is a knowledge exchange and community hub for researchers, fellows and faculty members with an interest in fieldwork, ethnography, interviewing, and qualitative methodology more broadly. We are part of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence.

Qualifie understands itself as a student-led training and learning initiative. It is designed as a reading and discussion group as well as a networking forum for anyone interested in implementing qualitative methodology.

The Qualitative and Fieldwork Working Group is organised by Mariusz Bogacki, Nora Söderberg, Anna Reißig, and Zuzanna Samson. It is sponsored by Professor Jeffrey Checkel.

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Academic Year 2023/24

11 October 2023 | 16.00 -17:30 CET | via Zoom
Why Do Fieldwork?
with Prof. Lauren MacLean (Indiana University)

9 November 2023 | 14:00-16:00 CET | Hybrid event
Emotions and Fieldwork
with Gabriella Sanchez (Georgetown University)

14 November 2023 | 14:00-15:30 CET
Secrecy and Fieldwork: Best (and worst) Practices to Handle Limited Access
with Dr. Natalie Welfens (Hertie School)

27 November 2023 | 13:00-14:30 CET – Hybrid event
Surveys in Crisis: Lessons for Social Science Methods from a Public Perceptions Study in South Sudan
with Sophia Dawkins (Yale University/EUI)

5 December 20203 | 16:00-17:30 CET – on Zoom
Visual Methods and Co-production in International Relations: Reflections on Pili.
with Prof. Sophie Harman (Queen Mary University of London)

January 7th 2024 | 16:00-17:30 CET | Hybrid: Emeroteca, EUI & Zoom
Rethinking the fundamental problem of causal inference in political science and IR (paper presentation)
with Prof Ludvig Norman (Stockholm University)

March 14th 2024 | 16:00-17:30 CET | Hybrid: Emeroteca, EUI & Zoom
Ethnography in international institutions and organisations: Insights from practice theory in IR
with Prof Rebecca Adler-Nissen (University of Copenhagen)

April 10th 2024 | 16:00-17:30 CET | Online: Zoom  
Navigating the insider-outsider positionality and challenging knowledge production in Western academia
with Dr Noella Binda Niati (University of Cambridge)

May 7th 2024 | 16:00-17:30 CET | Emeroteca, Badia and Zoom 
Counter-mapping as counter-archiving: Assembling traces of border violence
with Martina Tazzioli (University of Bologna)

May 16th 2024 | 14:00 - 16:00 CET, Seminar Room 2, Badia
Book launch: Queer Conflict Research – New Approaches to the Study of Political Violence
with Sam Ritholtz (Oxford University)


Past Events


Former Coordinators


Selected Seminar Videos

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