P15
Roundtable - Situating the interview

Convenors:
Joy Hendry (Oxford Brookes University)
Chair:
Mary Patterson
Location:
Lecture Theatre LT5
Start time:
14 April, 2010 at 18:15
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This roundtable offers critical evaluation of the way in which the spatial, ethical and epistemological context frames the interview as method.

Long abstract:

From the nineteenth century ethnographer on the verandah with the missionary interpreter at his elbow, to the targeted data collection of the multi sited fieldwork setting, the interview has always been situated by its spatial and ethical context and troubled by its epistemological status. This roundtable examines the interview through the politics and ethics of specific ethnographic and pedagogical engagements, as a frequently unacknowledged site of contestation for interviewer and interviewee alike, with a final suggestion that a critical assessment of the 'grammar' of the method may provide some solutions to our epistemological perturbation.