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Integrating Phenomenology and Qualitative Research Methodologies

Please be aware that the course consists of two interconnected and closely coordinated parts: a)Phenomenology and Health Care and b) Integrating Phenomenology and Qualitative Research Methodologies.

While the former focuses one theory and methodology, the latter focuses on methods and practice and involves analytical exercises. As a PhD student you enroll for both a) and b)

  1. Phenomenology and Health Care is held in cooperation with Oxford and Copenhagen Universities targeting health care researchers. Thus, this part is held as a workshop.
  2. Integrating Phenomenology and Qualitative Research Methodologies specifically targets PhD students and post docs – and has been held at The Faculty of Health, SDU since 2011.

Content and aim for a) Phenomenology and Health Care
For decades, phenomenology has been used as a method for qualitative health care research. It provides insight into the experiences of both patients and health care professionals, guiding clinical practice and enhancing patient care. But although phenomenology does offer important resources, its actual use in research and clinical practice has been hampered by widespread misunderstandings of its central tenets and by too superficial or too theoretical engagements with philosophical texts. In this workshop, we bring together experts trained in philosophy, qualitative research, and nursing to reintroduce phenomenology in an accessible manner and in a way that provides clear and productive avenues for concrete application.

Drawing on decades of work on the topic, and a recognized world-leading expertise in phenomenology, we convey phenomenological concepts-including empathy, the lifeworld, and the lived body-and illustrate them with clear examples of their clinical applications and use in research.

The workshop is organized by Anthony Fernandez (University of Oxford) and Dan Zahavi (University of Oxford/Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen) together with Susanne Ravn and Simon Høffding. The workshop repeats the program and line of speakers from the 2019 workshop at the University of Oxford:

Invited researchers:
Professor Dan Zahavi, Center for Subjectivity Research/University of Copenhagen & University of Oxford.
Post Doc
Anthony Fernandez, University of Oxford & Kent State University
Associate Professor
Marianne Klinke, University of Iceland
Head of action and research,
Kristian Martiny, PhD. Enactlab & Center for Subjectivity Research

Content and aim for b) Integrating Phenomenology and Qualitative Research Methodologies
This PhD course address PhD- students and post docs, who work with or intend to include phenomenology and phenomenological related discussions in their qualitative research of sports, arts or health related topics. The course will focus on methodological questions, practical exercises and possible solutions on how to combine qualitative methodologies with phenomenology – more specifically: 

  • How to assess which qualitative methods and which theoretical background suits my object of investigation.
  • How to generate ‘rich’ descriptions for a phenomenological analysis.
  • How to combine phenomenology and qualitative research in different phases of the analysis.
  • How to handle epistemological and ontological questions.
  • Exercises and group discussions on participants’ projects: how to handle methodological challenges as related to phenomenological analyses in ‘my own project’

Lectures and group discussions. Besides selected articles (for part a) and part b)), participants will be asked to read introductions to phenomenology ahead of the course. They will also be asked to prepare a short text/abstract where they specify their interest in phenomenology in relation to their own research. They will be asked to upload the text one week before the course.

It will be an advantage to have conducted part of the interviews and/or fieldwork for the PhD project prior to the course. Part b) of the course will include different opportunities for presenting and discussing generated data and ongoing analysis. Each of the days in part b) will have a keynote lecture, after which the participants in supervised groups and in plenum will engage in exercises and discuss the different phases of research integrating qualitative methods and phenomenology. Discussions are facilitated by the course coordinators, Susanne Ravn and Simon Høffding, through and through.

Literature will be provided via SDU’s online platform

Course coordinators part b)
Susanne Ravn, Professor, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark
Simon Høffding, Associate Professor, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

ECTS credits: 5 ECTS  (2 ECTS for part a and 3 ECTS for part b)

Language: English  

Course Fee: The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled at the Faculty of Health Sciences at SDU. For PhD students enrolled in Universities that have joined the "Open market agreement" the course fee is DKK 790,-. For other participants there is a course fee of DKK 4213,56,-.

Last Updated 21.11.2020