The second workshop in the series will be presented by Kim Lane Scheppele, LAPA Director, who will discuss "constitutional ethnography," or how to select and study constitutional regimes as "cases."
About the Workshop
The purpose of the workshop is to provide a series of discussions on a) how researchers define and use case studies b) how they confront and resolve the basic problems of inference that arise in their research and c) how case studies provide crucial contributions to their field of study.
The workshops will promote discussion about real world research problems and ways of resolving them and do so in the context of communicating the work to a larger scholarly community.
The format is for a speaker/guest to circulate one or two readings, then offer a short presentation at the start of the workshop. Speakers can present work of their own – in progress or complete – or other work that they wish to discuss. The purpose of the discussion is to explore challenges and obstacles in the work and seek common solutions and shared understandings.
The workshop is open to anyone who currently conducts, or would like to conduct, case study research. Topics might include: case selection (multiple v. single case studies, most similar v. most different cases, comparative/historical, etc), observation techniques (interviews, participation observation, ethnography, for example), overcoming access to data problems (such as subjects, archives, etc), drawing inference, among others.
CASE STUDIES WORKSHOP DATES
Wednesdays from 12-1:30PM in 438 Robertson Hall
lunch will be served