Conference Report: Focusing the Research Subject


  • Irene Strasser Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Sona Gazer Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Marlene Märker Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Till Manderbach Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Bradley Fix Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Theresa Zimmermann Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Stephan Trautner Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Yasa Genck Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Julien Henninger Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt



participatory research, methodology, research approaches, action research, co-researchers, autoethnography


In 2017, the "Klagenfurter Herbstsymposium" [Klagenfurt Autumn Symposium] took place for the first time. The aim was to focus on different approaches within participatory research, to broadly discuss questions concerning the value and meaningfulness of quality criteria, and to talk about conditions and guidelines for participatory (action) research. In this article, we try to illustrate the conference topics discussed through different working methods (workshops, lectures, and panel discussions) by also turning to important general as well as ethical questions. One of these, for instance, is whether all research should follow participatory standards, or on the other hand, who or what gives us the right to involve ourselves as researchers into one's social environment. We also point out how professional researchers' constant reflections on language use may be important and to what extent their research aims are compatible with the co-researchers' concerns.


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Author Biographies

Irene Strasser, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Irene STRASSER, Mag. Dr., Assistenzprofessorin an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt/Celovec, Österreich. Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte: Entwicklungspsychologie der Lebensspanne, Alter(n)sbilder, kritische Gerontologie, subjektive Entwicklungstheorien, Gender Studies: Übergang zur Elternschaft.

Sona Gazer, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Sona GAZER, BSc. MA-Studentin der Psychologie, AK Kritische Psychologie Klagenfurt/Celovec, Studienassistentin an der AAU Klagenfurt.

Marlene Märker, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Marlene MÄRKER, BSc., MA-Studentin der Psychologie an der AAU Klagenfurt, AK Kritische Psychologie Klagenfurt/Celovec.

Till Manderbach, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Till MANDERBACH, BSc., MA-Student der Psychologie an der AAU Klagenfurt, AK Kritische Psychologie Klagenfurt/Celovec.

Bradley Fix, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Bradley FIX, BSc., MA-Student der Psychologie an der AAU Klagenfurt, AK Kritische Psychologie Klagenfurt/Celovec.

Theresa Zimmermann, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Theresa ZIMMERMANN, BSc., MA., in Ausbildung zur psychologischen Psychotherapeutin.

Stephan Trautner, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Stephan TRAUTNER, BSc., MA-Student der Psychologie, AK Kritische Psychologie Klagenfurt/Celovec, Studienassistent an der AAU Klagenfurt.

Yasa Genck, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Yasa GENCK, BA-Student der Psychologie an der AAU Klagenfurt.

Julien Henninger, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Julien HENNINGER, BA-Student an der AAU Klagenfurt.



How to Cite

Strasser, I., Gazer, S., Märker, M., Manderbach, T., Fix, B., Zimmermann, T., … Henninger, J. (2018). Conference Report: Focusing the Research Subject. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19(2).



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