Masterclass: Interviews as Method in the Social Sciences & Humanities


In July the OSCE Academy is planning to conduct a one-week workshop, which is designed to foster the skillset of post-graduate students of the social sciences and the humanities to conduct and to analyse and interpret interviews. Participants will be introduced to the methods in qualitative social research with a special focus on conducting and analysing two types of interviews: biographical-narrative and expert interviews, as well as two approaches to collect data that promise much benefit to young researchers in Central Asia. The workshop is directed at postgraduates majoring, broadly speaking, in disciplines of the social sciences or the humanities, with a special interest in qualitative social research.

This workshop will be led by invited scholars Dr. Barbara Christophe and Dr. Christoph Kohl


Dr. Barbara Christophe

– is a senior researcher based at the Georg-Eckert Institute, Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research, where she coordinates the research forum on memory cultures. She studied history and Slavonic studies and received her PhD from the University of Bremen in 1996 with a sociological study of memory discourses in Lithuania. For her habilitation she conducted an ethnographic study of local practices of corruption in Georgia at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Barbara Christophe works as a consultant to the EU, the Studienstiftung, the Bertelsmann and the VW Foundations. At the GEI she has conducted several projects on memory practices in the classroom covering a broad range of topics from socialism, the Cold War, World War I to the October Revolution and Europe and focussing on different regions in the post-Soviet space, Central Eastern Europe and Germany.

Dr. Christoph Kohl

– 1997-2003 graduate studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Marseilles, France; Magister Artium degree in 2004. 2005-09 Ph.D. project (including one year of fieldwork) on Guinea-Bissau at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (‘Research Group Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast’) and the Graduate School ‘Society and Culture in Motion’ in Halle (Saale), Germany. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in 2010. Following positions included Research Fellowship at the Institute of Sociology at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany (including six months of fieldwork on returned refugees in Angola) in 2011-12 and as Research Fellow in the Research Group ‘The Cultural Dynamics of Political Globalisation’ at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany, on 2012-2016, with a project on security sector reform in Guinea-Bissau (including four months of field research on site). Since 2017 he is a research fellow at the Georg-Eckert Institute | Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany. He has also worked as a consultant (GTZ, Global Integrity etc.) and political analyst (Africa Confidential).

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