Conference Essay: The Art of Conducting Research


  • Alexa Maria Kunz Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Tilo Grenz Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Paul Eisewicht Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)



lifeworld analytical ethnography, ethnography, sociology of knowledge


The 3. Fulda Convention on Fieldwork—essentially based around the concept of lifeworld analytical ethnography developed by Anne HONER—provided a broad insight into recent avenues and challenges in ethnographic research. The reporting team consisted of three participants, making it possible to track the various lines of research enquiry throughout the conference. As a key result we are able to posit the existence of two quite distinct epistemologies of lifeworld within interpretative social research . Explicitly as well as implicitly, there seem to be two fundamental understandings of "world": 1. in the sense of a subjective constitution (inner world), and 2. in the sense of an inter-subjective social construct (outer world). It becomes apparent that each of these understandings entails particular methodical and methodological consequences for the whole research process.



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Author Biographies

Alexa Maria Kunz, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Paul Eisewicht, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Paul EISEWICHT, geb. 1983, Dipl.-Soz., seit 2008 Akademischer Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Soziologie_Kompetenzerwerb am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Konsumsoziologie, Szeneforschung, Methoden explorativ-interpretativer Sozialforschung.



How to Cite

Kunz, A. M., Grenz, T., & Eisewicht, P. (2011). Conference Essay: The Art of Conducting Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(1).