Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Workshop 2017

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    University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Faculty in Katowice, Poland

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Trainers: Igor Pietkiewicz PhD (University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Poland) & Carla Willig PhD (City, University of London, UK)

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) has become a widely used qualitative research methodology which is particularly popular among doctoral students and researchers in psychology. It is focused on how people experience and interpret phenomena under investigation. 

While interpretation has always been an integral part of IPA, in recent years, researchers have begun to ask questions about the extent to which this interpretation can move from ‘empathic’ to ‘suspicious’, without compromising IPA’s claim to be phenomenological. This workshop will be a practical introduction to IPA, and it will also address these questions explicitly and systematically in order to generate clarity about where the interpretative boundaries around IPA may lie. 

Our aim is to stimulate reflection and discussion among researchers on how data collection, analysis and presentation are affected by researchers' theoretical and professional background. We want to concentrate on different epistemological perspectives and how researchers position themselves between the opposite poles characterized by the hermeneutics of empathy and the hermeneutics of suspicion, and explore how this relates to traditional IPA principles. 

During this the two-day workshop we will:
• Present the principles of conducting an IPA study: how research problems are formulated, selection of participants, data collection and analysis
• Give participants a lived experience of working with qualitative data using the analytic procedures used in IPA. A sample transcript will be provided by the organizers. 
• Hold a whole group discussion to compare and contrast interpretations of the text provided.
• Discuss how IPA results can be presented in a scientific paper.
• Draw up some guidelines for interpretative practice in IPA.

Modes of participation and fees: 
a) IPA project member: free-of-charge
IPA project members agree to participate actively in the analysis of a sample text (3 pages) provided by the organisers, and submit their comprehensive interpretative comments to that text. The analysis will be performed on day one. The interpretative comments will be subjected to further analysis performed by the trainers in order to explore how participants' background affects data interpretation. The result of that analysis will be a written feedback provided to all workshop participants.

b) IPA project observer: 500 PLN / 125 EURO
IPA project observers can actively participate in this workshop. They are encouraged but are not required to submit their interpretative comments for further analysis.

- for payments in PLN: Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A., account no: 17 1750 0009 0000 0000 1095 1089
Please, provide the following comment: "IPA Katowice, Your name"

- for payments in euro: Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A., ul. Piekna 20, 00-549 Warszawa, PL20 1750 1019 0000 0000 2125 4223
IBAN: PL20 1750 1019 0000 0000 2125 4223, SWIFT: BIC: RCBWPLPW
Please, provide the following comment: "IPA Katowice, Your name"

Place: University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Faculty in Katowice, Techników 9
Date & time: 7 – 8.09.2017;  09.00 – 17.00