Chair in Qualitative Empirical Research Methods



16.11.2021 18:25

Happy Birthday!

Our whole team wishes Benedikt Bender (2nd from left) all the best for his birthday! Not everyone was able to be there in person, but despite all the circumstances, a small group gathered in our tea kitchen to toast the birthday boy with a glass of sparkling wine. A home-baked and extremely delicious birthday cake was also served!
Of course, everything was completely corona-compliant.


09.11.2021 11:30

​Photo shoot

Photo shoot

Just in time for the beginning of the winter semester 2021/22 we have new photos of all team members. We would like to thank the photographer Kristin Langholz for her great effort despite adverse weather conditions!


Semesterstart 2021/22

With three courses in the Bachelor's programme, three in the Master's programme, one in the Educational Sciences and a colloquium for the supervision of final theses, our chair is once again actively represented in academic teaching in winter semester 2021/22. This semester is very special for us instructors as well as for students, as for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, teaching in face-to-face form is possible again. 

Lex Metzeld, a student employee at the chair, is visiting the university ifor the first time in physical presence after two long semester of online teching: "I did not really feel like a student until now. Actually being surrounded by fellow students at the university cannot be compared with the purely content-based studies I have experienced online so far. Of course, you also have to get used to the new daily routine first, but above all, I'm looking forward to making new contacts, enjoying campus life and finally being able to discuss things with others in a present setting."

Laura Linz, a long-time student employee and tutor, is also looking forward to returning to the classroom: "I'm really looking forward to getting a taste of campus life again at the end of my studies! Even though we may be able to take away a thing or two from the past three semesters, studying just isn't the same without campus life. So I'm really looking forward to the upcoming semester with all the informal encounters and constructive exchanges in persona, both in the hallway and in my seminars."

We are looking forward to an exciting and informative time!


29.10.2021 10:41

Colloquium at Villa Vigoni

Colloquium at Villa Vigoni: German-Italian Relations after a Decade of European Crises

From 7 to 9 October, the colloquium "E la nave va? Perspectives on Germany, Italy and the European Union after a decade of crises" took place at Villa Vigoni on Lake Como. Our team was actively represented there. The doctoral students Nils Sartorius and Lukas Brenner presented research projects dealing with media representations of images of nations (Nils Sartorius) and of right-wing populist parties in the European Parliament (Lukas Brenner & Nils Sartorius). Mohamed Salhi, who is working on a doctoral thesis on discursive narratives of the radical right in times of crisis, discussed initial results of his work with a focus on Italy and Germany. The post-doctoral researchers Baastian Bruinsma and Benedikt Bender each chaired a panel on questions of the influence of the Covid pandemic on the behaviour of Germany and Italy in the EU (Bastiaan Bruinsma) and on differences in socio-economic attitudes of Europeans with a special focus on Germany and Italy (Benedikt Bender). The event was initiated by Simona Piattoni (University of Trento), Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena), Ton Notermans (Tallinn University of Technology) and Claudius Wagemann (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main). The international and interdisciplinary composition of the participants was also reflected in the research contributions and debates in an explicitly productive way. We were particularly pleased with the much-appreciated contributions of the student assistants Alexander Mathewes and Nikolaus Freimuth who travelled with us. For many of the participants, the conference was the first coming together after a long academic conference break. The wonderful ambience of Villa Vigoni made this 'reunion' in late summer temperatures a particularly pleasant experience, which provided us all with a lot of energy for the start of the semester. A presto, Villa Vigoni!


27.10.2021 11:46

Nils Sartorius in Italy

Nils Sartorius, research assistant at the chair, took part in a conference on 'New German-Italian Perspectives' at Palazzo Rondinini in Rome at the end of September. The experts present from academic and institutional fields discussed above all questions on the socio-political and historical development of German-Italian relations. The future-oriented perspective of German-Italian cooperation also played an important role. It was also decided to institutionalise future cooperation within an expert forum.

Within the context of the conference, Nils Sartorius also attended the reception of the German Ambassador, Viktor Elbling, at the Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici.