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Audiovisual Interaction Analysis


Technical University of Berlin, 28./29.1.2010


The ESF programme “EUROQUAL” (Qualitative Research in Europe) aims at developing and sustaining excellence in qualitative methods in European social research. As part of this programme, the workshop “Audiovisual Interaction Analysis” (AVIA) focuses on methodological issues related to the qualitative analysis of social interactions captured in audiovisual and video data.


During the two-day workshop, selected junior researchers may participate in training sessions conducted by two experienced scholars (Prof. Paul Luff and Prof. Bernt Schnettler). These sessions will allow for in-depth discussions of relevant methodological issues and give participants the opportunity to present and discuss specific material from their current projects.


This call for participation is directed mainly at advanced-level students, particularly at the Ph.D. level, who (1) have already collected video data, (2) are already working with this data and (3) are familiar with basic methodological issues related to the analysis of video data.


Interested parties from the countries participating in EUROQUAL* are encouraged to apply. The event organisers will cover travel expenses and accommodation.


Please send a one-page abstract (approx. 500 words) specifying your interest, including your prior experience with audiovisual and video research, and a description of your data and methods by no later than Oct. 5th to

workshop [at] avia-conference.eu.


Hubert Knoblauch/René Tuma, TU Berlin



*Please note that the number of participants is restricted; selected researchers from countries participating in the ESF-program (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK are eligible for financial support).


Further Information:


The training sessions will be conducted by:



Paul Luff is Professor of Organizations and Technology at the Department of Management, King’s College London. His research involves the detailed analysis of work and interaction drawing upon video recordings of everyday human conduct. With his colleagues in the Work, Interaction and Technology Research Centre, he has undertaken studies in a diverse variety of settings including control rooms, news and broadcasting, healthcare, museums, galleries and science centres and within design, architecture and construction. Over the past few years, Paul Luff has been particularly concerned with the use of apparently mundane objects, specifically paper documents, and how these support what are often very complex work practices. This research, and related studies, has been reported in numerous articles in the fields of CSCW, HCI, Requirements Engineering, Studies of work practices and ubiquitous and mobile systems. Paul Luff is co-author of the forthcoming textbook ‘Video in Qualitative Research: Analyzing social interaction in everyday life’ (Sage) with Christian Heath and Jon Hindmarsh and with Christian Heath of ‘Technology in Action’, published by Cambridge University Press.

Bernt Schnettler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bayreuth. He has undertaken studies on communicative genres such as computer-aided visual presentations, extraordinary experiences and commemoration ceremonies. Recently, he has become especially interested in combining detailed sequential analysis and hermeneutic interpretation to analyze focused video data. His research on knowledge communication, dissemination and visualization is based on neoclassical works in the sociology of knowledge, which he has further developed in close cooperation with colleagues at the TU Berlin and the UCM Madrid. Bernt Schnettler maintains an active affiliation with several national and international scientific associations, including the European Sociological Association Research Network Qualitative Methods and the Sociology of Knowledge Section of the German Sociological Association. His most recent publications include ‘Video-Analysis. Methodology and Methods. Qualitative Audiovisual Data Analysis in Sociology’, published by Lang (2nd edition 2009) and co-edited by Hubert Knoblauch, Jürgen Raab and Hans-Georg Soeffner.




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