Methods workshops

Methods workshops will be offer an opportunity for delegates to discuss specialist methods and particular empirical materials, moderated by an experienced researcher. These workshops will cover qualitative and quantitative methods and materials from audio-recordings to digitized archival materials. Some examples are given here:


Conversation analysis as a tool for investigating and developing medical practice

Convenors: Clara Iversen and Marie Flinkfeldt

This workshop gives a hands-on introduction to what conversation analysis can contribute to medical sociology. The benefits and limitations of the approach are made visible in a collaborative session where we use recordings of real-life interactions from health settings. The workshop will show a) how to build an analysis from the bottom up; b) how findings can be impact medical practice.


Through time and space: Using register data for multigenerational and international comparative studies

Convenors: Olof Östergren and Ylva Brännström-Almquist

The high quality and coverage of register data make them an invaluable resource for researchers interested social inequalities in health, especially in the Nordic countries. We present and discuss both conceptual and practical issues surrounding the use of register data within the field of medical sociology, focusing on multigenerational studies and international comparative work.


Digital Humanities Workshop

Convenors: Anna Foka and Matts Lindström

This workshop offers a glimpse through the scholarly lens of digital humanities whereby digital tools and methods are used for humanistic research. A visit to the digital humanities workshop demonstrates the research potential of digitization of artefacts and archives, text mining, semantic annotation and analysis, and GIS. The digital humanities workshop is administered by the Archives, Libraries and Museums department in collaboration with the library of Uppsala University.

The workshop is restricted to 15 delegates.

Framework method for qualitative data analysis

Convenor: Nicola Gale

This workshop will be of particular interest to social scientists at any stage of their career who have experience or are planning to work collaboratively on health research projects. We will discuss some of the practicalities and the politics of conducting qualitative research alongside colleagues from other disciplines, clinical staff and patients.  Framework analysis is a systematic method for inductive and deductive forms of thematic analysis and has many advantages in this context, where you may have many stakeholders to work with. It may be useful to read this paper before attending:

Gale, N. K., Heath, G., Cameron, E., Rashid, S., & Redwood, S. (2013). Using the framework method for the analysis of qualitative data in multi-disciplinary health research. BMC medical research methodology, 13(1), 117.

Introduction to text mining

Convenor: Karl Berglund

Do you have digital text material that you want to systematically explore on a larger scale? This workshop will guide you through the basics of text mining methods in the humanities and social sciences, and provide you with some hands-on skills in the software tool AntConc. It will cover the principal steps of a text mining pipeline as well as concrete analytical concepts such as concordances, collocates, keyness, and corpus comparisons.

The workshop is administered by the Uppsala University Library.

Named Entity Recognition

Convenor: Karl Berglund

Do you want to extract certain types of information from large digital text collections? This workshop will introduce you to Named Entity Recognition (NER), a method for automatic extraction of named entities (e.g. person names, organisations, locations, quantities, etc.). It will guide you through the concepts of NER and provide hands-on skills in the Python module SpaCy. No previous programming skills are necessary for participation in this workshop.

The workshop is administered by the Uppsala University Library.