Research Methods Seminar on Analysing Text and Discourse – Athens 8th-10th of January 2020


The Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the UK’s Political Studies Association and the Centre for Political Research, Panteion University are co-organising a three-day intensive seminar from the 8th until the 10th of January on research methods. The course is designed to help doctoral and advanced postgraduate students to develop their research skills in research methods and more specifically on analysing text and discourse. The course will follow an analytical approach in order to explore political issues and help participants interested in language and discourse to develop a clear understanding on how to implement key approaches and tools in order to extrapolate the role language plays in social reality. More specifically methods that will be explored are content and discourse analysis. Because much is learned by doing, this course has a significant ‘hands-on’ component. The required readings of the course consist of peer-reviewed journal articles and selected chapters from the textbook. We will read both theoretical articles on qualitative methodology and empirical articles in which such methods are employed.

At the end of the course, students should have improved their understanding of and ability to assess the debate over the appropriate use of text analysis in political science, as well as their ability to carry out qualitative research.

Applicants should email the following material to Vassiliki Georgiadou ([email protected]) and Stella Ladi ([email protected]) no later than 29/11/2019.

  • A short Curriculum Vitae (max two pages)
  • A short cover letter (max one page) in which applicants explain how their participation in the seminar benefits their research.

Successful applicants will be notified by email only by 13/12/19. Selected applicants must be able to confirm their participation within a week of acceptance. The seminar will accommodate about 15 participants.  

The working language will be Greek and English. Participants are required to bring their own laptop. The seminar will take place at the venue of the Centre for Political Research at Panteion University.

The full seminar programme will be made available shortly.