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Interpreting 'Qual' Data: the Utility of Hermeneutics in the 21st Century

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University of Bradford

F21 Richmond Building

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Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP

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PLEASE NOTE: This is the event that was originally scheduled for 8th March 2018.

Meet the Qualitative Methodologist - a person who spends far too much time thinking about the vagaries, apogees and difficulties of qualitative research...!

Producing reliable, rigorous and original knowledge when engaging in qualitative research is often the subject of wide-ranging debate. This talk explores the issues surrounding interpretive work when analysing qualitative data. Is interpretation an art or a science? What happens when the lines between these become blurred? How do we, as reflexive researchers, engage with the complexity and richness of interpretation?

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  • defines hermeneutics (so, prior knowledge is welcome but not necessary);
  • discusses the value of hermeneutics in producing considered and thoughtful interpretations;
  • exposes the polemics that arise from the theories and methods of interpretation, in order to propose a way forward when working with data.

At the heart of this argument is a belief that these 20th century schools of thought have something to offer 21st century qualitative data analysis.

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