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Elite Interviewing: From Preparation to Publication

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Goldsmiths, University of London

3 July 2017, 11:00-18:00

This day-long workshop led by researchers from across the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) is designed for research students who are conducting interviews with individuals who hold a particular status, an extraordinary level of influence, or by virtue of their position in a community, occupy a particularly sensitive position, and may be easily identifiable. Examples could include politicians, business leaders, activists, prominent artists, writers or celebrities in media or sport. The views of these people may form an important part of the data gathered for a research project, confirming or countering ideas and perspectives from other sources, but can also present practical and ethical challenges that require more consideration.

Through the course of the day, we will consider the following topics:

  • Why interview? Elites v informants, epistemological issues
  • Ethical guidance and anonymity
  • Power relations and interview technique
  • Interpretation, analysis, transcription and integration

Session leaders :

  • Dr Sally Broughton Micova (University of East Anglia)
  • Professor Aeron Davis (Goldsmiths)
  • Professor Des Freedman (Goldsmiths)
  • Dr Toby James (University of East Anglia)
  • Dr Elizabeth McDonnell (University of Sussex)
  • Dr Matthew Sillence (University of East Anglia)

Application Process

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis through the online booking form and must be received by 2 June 2017 at 12:00. Participants will need to confirm their attendance at least one week before the workshop to allow place for any applicants on a reserve list.  Confirmation of a place and further information on the workshop will be circulated by the end of the first week of June 2017.

The workshop is funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) Cohort Development Fund and is free to attend. Research students may wish to claim travel expenses through their institution or funding body where such provision is made.

For further information, please contact Dr Matthew Sillence (University of East Anglia) at  or +44(0)1603 591929.