Advanced Method Course


Dr. René Tuma

 In this training course, we will provide a comprehensive introduction to videography and focused ethnography, with a particular emphasis on the spatial dimensions of interactions. Videography combines the principles of ethnographic research with a detailed analysis of video recordings of interactions, allowing for the identification and fine-grained study of social phenomena. The approach of videography involves a combination of observation, participation, and other ethnographic techniques to capture the interactions relevant for the specific research questions.

In this course, we will focus specifically on the use of videography for spatial interaction analysis. We will explore how videography can be used to record and analyze interactions e.g. in public and workspaces, as well as interactions with space-related technologies and representations of space.

We will begin by providing an overview of the history and basic principles of videographic research (part 1), before delving into the various methods for analyzing video data, with a focus on sequential video-interaction analysis (part 2). We will then focus on opportunities of this approach for spatial questions in video analysis (part 3), addressing questions of field access, recording, and ethics (part 4).

To give participants a hands-on experience, we will conduct practical research on site to collect exemplary recordings, such as on the streets of Bangkok (part 5). We will then focus on the selection and transcription of video fragments (part 6), followed by joint data sessions (extended part 7) to encourage group discussion and reflection. Finally, we will close the course with a discussion of the representation of results and the challenges of working with videographic data (part 8).

This course is designed for PhD students who are interested in using videography for their research or who want to gain a general understanding of the method. For those who are already working with video data, there will be an opportunity to discuss and work on their projects with the trainer and the group during the session. By the end of this course, participants will have gained a solid foundation in videography and focused ethnography, with a particular emphasis on spatial interaction analysis. A basic training in qualitative methods is presupposed.

(Two-day Course)

Suggested Reading

Knoblauch, H., Schnettler, B., & Tuma, R. (2014). Videography: Introduction to Interpretive Videoanalysis of Social Situations. Lang, Peter Frankfurt.

Tuma, R., & Knoblauch, H. (2019). Videography and Video Analysis. In P. A. Atkinson, S. Delamont, R. A. Williams, A. Cernat, & J. Sakshaug (Eds.), SAGE Research Methods Foundations.

Tuma, R., & Knoblauch, H. (2020). Videography. In SAGE Research Methods Foundations. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Heath, C., Hindmarsh, J., & Luff, P. (2010). Video in Qualitative Research. Sage.


Gaming Approaches in Spatial Research

Prof. Dr. Marta Brkovic Dodig and Prof. Dr. Angela Million

In this method workshop we would focus on gaming approaches in spatial research: qualitative and quantitative data collection, interpretation and dissemination of research results. Games can also be easily customized to fit different research objectives and contexts, making them a flexible and versatile and engaging tool for spatial research.

Suggested Reading

Groat, Linda N., und Marta Brkovic Dodig, Hrsg. The Routledge companion to games in architecture and urban planning: tools for design, teaching, and research. New York: Routledge, 2020.