Wednesday, December 4, 2013

You might think you know what you're doing - Meeting on methodology

It's great to have an idea of how things will work. Sometimes, even as a pro, you can miss important details though. Since our project is quite ambitious and our data collection via workshops a crutial part of it, we thought it might be a good idea to check with some experts on methodology. We invited four renown experts to Osnabrück where they met yesterday with the principle investigator from Heidelberg and the Osnabrück team wich includes the project leader. It was a very fruitful meeting with wonderful colleagues and lots of input. The idea to have a moderator moderating the focus groups instead of the principle investigators had already been in our minds, but it became more important when we discussed the possible impact on the focus groups.
Also the case stories to be discussed turned out to be even more important than we already asssumed. There were very different points of view regarding how they would have to be constructed. Also we will have to develop guidelines how to construct these case stories, in order to have comparable stories in each of the countries we are researching in, taking into account, that the details will have to differ from country to country (e.g. who is regarded a minority and what is to be considered a "typical" case?).

24 workshops might sound like a lot, which it is, regarding planning, organising and the material we will get. But this divides into six workshops a country, thus two workshop per country per form of violence. This does not allow for experiments with moderator or story, so we found there is a need to pre-test these workshops in advance.
This additional step adds further to our tight time schedule, but we think it is really necessary.

Bianca Grafe

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Reflections on the kickoff in Osnabrück

Great weather, no cancellations and no major problems

The kick-off meeting was a great success! Everyone came – not a single cancellation – and the researchers and practitioners had a wonderful experience getting to know their counterparts in other countries and each other. The weather was perfect – mild golden October – and the location ideal for strolling in the Botanical Garden during the breaks.

The meeting was supported by a group of 7 student assistants, most of them volunteers from the master’s program in pedagogy, who met an guided the visitors, made coffee and tea and served lunches, helped with the technology and internet connections, and generally helped to ensure smooth proceedings.

Public event: Botanical Garden, who-is-who and fingerfood

On the first day, 14 researchers from the five partners discussed guidelines for the country context papers as well as theoretical approaches, and shared thoughts about the perspectives of the work. On Monday evening, a public presentation of the project under the theme of “culture-sensitive intervention” was held, with the university vice-president for research and the dean of the faculty as welcoming speakers. Carol Hagemann-White presented the main ideas and aims of the project in German, and then each lead researcher and each representative of the associate partners spoke for five minutes, introducing themselves and their organization. Afterwards there were drinks and snacks, made possible by a contribution from the university society.  A professional photographer recorded the event.

Even more work - second day meeting

On Tuesday the 11 associate partners and the researchers discussed together how the workshops with practitioners might be implemented for each of the three areas of violence covered in the project. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Cornelia Helfferich, Freiburg, a methodologist with research experience in all three areas, who will also be consulting with the project in Germany. A draft memorandum of understanding spelling out the rights of associate partners who contribute to the work was discussed and agreed, including principles of transparency, confidentiality and respect for intellectual property rights, but also inclusion in discussions about concepts and appropriate language. After lunch, the researchers took stock of what had been done , while the visiting practitioners were offered a tour of the town by student guides. All participants whose flights did not leave until the next day met for dinner and wine in a traditional restaurant. 

The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung was present at the evening event and reported

Bianca Grafe/Carol Hagemann-White

Full team, picture taken by Angela von Brill

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kickoff event in Osnabrück on 21.10.2013

To start the project officially and get to know each other, we will have a big event on 21st of October.
 All researchers and associate partners will be there, introduce themselves and present the project.
The event is open to the public and will start at 18.00 in Bohnenkamphaus in Osnabrück.

 German press release:

„Kultursensible Gewaltprävention“
ist das Thema der öffentlichen Auftaktveranstaltung, mit der das im September begonnenen CEINAV-Projekt sich der interessierten Öffentlichkeit vorstellt. Am Montag, den 21. Oktober, treffen sich alle Partner aus Wissenschaft und Praxis aus vier Ländern in Osnabrück, um ihre Zusammenarbeit abzustimmen. In der gemeinsam ausgerichteten Abendveranstaltung um 18h im Bohnenkamphaus am Botanischen Garten wird die Projektleiterin, Prof. i.R. Dr. Carol Hagemann-White, Ziele und Anliegen der gemeinsamen Forschung und der Kooperation mit der Praxis in einem Vortrag vorstellen:
“Interkulturelle Begegnungen und Fragen der Ethik im Gewaltschutz für Frauen und Kinder“
Danach stellen die kooperierende Forscherinnen und Forscher sowie die assoziierten Partner aus der Praxis sich selbst und ihre Organisation vor und berichten über ihre Arbeit (in Englischer Sprache). Anschließend gibt es Gelegenheit, bei einem Stehimbiss mit Umtrunk die Kooperationspartner im vertiefenden Gespräch kennenzulernen und über die Gewaltschutzarbeit in anderen Ländern mehr zu erfahren.
Das Bohnenkamp-Haus am Eingang zum Botanischen Garten, Albrechtstraße 29, ist mit dem Bus 21 zu erreichen, Haltestelle: Hochschulen Osnabrück. Parkmöglichkeiten am Universitätsparkplatz an der Barbarastraße.

CEINAV meets the „HERA family“

The HERA program “Cultural Encounters” was officially launched on Sept. 31/Oct. 1 in Dubrovnik, in a conference attended by nearly all lead researchers  from the 18 funded new projects, as well as the reviewers who had read the proposals. A selection of project leaders from the previous HERA Call told the new members what they have learned from collaboration. Carol Hagemann-White and Bianca Grafe from Osnabrück attended and presented the CEINAV project.

Read about all 18 projects
In the new HERA brochure

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CEINAV article in newspaper of Osnabrueck

Prof. Dr. Carol Hagemann-White, who is principle investigator and also project leader in CEINAV has her office at the University of Osnabrueck. A newspaper interviewed her about the project. Read the whole article here

On September 2 the three-year research project „Cultural Encounters in Interventions Against Violence“, funded within the EU Consortium program “HERA (European Research Area in the Humanities)”, began its work.

The Project

… will compare how responses to three forms of violence – intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and trafficking for sexual exploitation – are dealt with in Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. The project seeks to understand, on the one hand, how and why the laws and practices of intervention differ among European countries, and on the other, in view of the growing diversity within countries, whether interventions intended to ensure the “best interests of the child” and the freedom and safety of women from violence may in fact fail to meet the needs of disadvantaged minorities.
The project is coordinated by Prof. em. Dr. Carol Hagemann-White, University of Osnabrück, Germany; collaborating partners are Prof. Vlasta Jalusic, Peace Institute Ljubljana, Slovenia, Prof. Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University, UK, Professor Maria José Magalhães, University of Porto, Portugal and Dr. Thomas Meysen, German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law, Heidelberg, Germany. Networks of stakeholders in each of the countries are associate partners, so that the perspectives of practitioners working to overcome violence play an active part in the research process.

Coming Events

The HERA Program on Cultural Encounters, co-funded by a consortium of 19 EU member states, will be launched at a meeting in Dubrovnik Sept. 30/Oct. 1, where all 18 successful projects are presented and networking facilitated.
The kick-off meeting with all participants in our project, academics and practitioners,  will take place in Osnabrück in October. The project will be introduced at a public presentation on October 21, 18-20 h, followed by an informal opportunity to meet and talk to practitioners and researchers from the other countries.  

Work in progress

In the first six months of the project, groundwork will be laid for a shared basis of concepts and theories and for understanding the background in the different countries. During this period, the researchers will produce working papers; these include:
  • A paper on theoretical approaches that (a) help us think about the interconnections of gender, generation, race, and minority status and (b) are relevant to understanding practices of protection against violence and ideas about legitimate regulation and intervention
  • An overview of ethical theories as they relate to intervention against violence. Particular attention will be given to issues of rights and discrimination, and to how different interpretations of the state’s duty to protect can shape policies and procedures.
  • A sociocultural portrait for each country tracing the history of colonial experience, cultural diversity, and migration, the patterns of economic inequality and the presence and status of minorities, as well as existing data on the prevalence of the three forms of violence.
  • A parallel legal-institutional portrait to describe how each country normatively defines and deals with each of the three forms of violence in our study, in particular the regulatory and procedural frameworks of intervention.
These papers will build a shared foundation for the next step in the project, preparing workshops with practitioners to explore and reflect on their intervention experiences.