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May 04, 2006

First day of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Today the conference was mostly workshops . I attended two -  Heartbeats:  Writing Performance Texts, and Writing Autoethnography and Narrative in Qualitative Research.

First, I need to say how much I enjoy this conference.  Both years, 2006 is the second year of the organization, I have found the sessions to be instructive, challenging, and invigorating.  But both years I have found the first session to be a real challenge...a breaking down walls challenge.  Heartbeats certainly met that challenge straight on.

This workshop was mostly about the writing of pieces for performance.  As such it harks back to my B.S. in theatre and the playwriting I did then.  I wanted to spend time in this workshop because I have ideas for performance pieces based on some of my work...something to finish post-diss.  So I spent the morning working with far better writers than myself, watching them take to prompts and write deep evocative pieces at the drop of a hat.  I was so jealous, not because I can't write like that but because I had to begin to tear down the barriers that keep personal stuff out of my professional life...barriers that really aren't that old.  Oh well, speaking of post-diss *swinging a mental wrecking ball*...

The second workshop was with Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner, if you don't know there qualitative work look them up, both of them do fascinating research.  I have been trying to get into one of their sessions for a couple of years now.  Last year at QI and the last couple of years at NCA, when I have tried to attend their sessions the rooms have always been packed to beyond standing room only.  I can't deal with over-packed sessions, especially when I can't sit down, so I have had to pass on pressing my way into the room.  Well in this case I registered early enough to get a seat...and it was well worth it.

I walked away from the Writing Autoethnography and Narrative in Qualitative Research session with a detailed bibliography and three pages of notes.  I'm not a terribly coherent notetaker but here is what I have.


Ethnography continuum

Art/Lit --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Science
Impressionist                                                                                                                           Realist
Written                                                                                                                                    Reported

Presumptions of Narrative & Autoethnography

  1. The researcher is always part of the research data.
  2. Social Science text is always composed by somebody somewhere.
  3. Research always involves the emotionality and subjectivity of the researcher and the researched.
  4. What we write involves others and should be accessible to them.
  5. All published research is considered narrative.

Elements of story

Points about qualitative research that bother orthodox [read quantitative] researchers

Forms of autoethnography

When listening to the subject's stories the researcher must analyze "Who am I, as audience, for them?"

The researcher must write to "carry the truth of the interaction" rather then just reporting what was said verbatim.

Autoethnographic interviews (I didn't get all of them types down)

Posted by prolurkr at May 4, 2006 08:49 PM


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