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Lecture by Liza Mügge: Political Ethnography in Mixed Methods Research on Intersectionality

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 09:30 to Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 11:15
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Gebouw D
Guest lecture

One of the main challenges in intersectionality research in the social sciences is selecting the right method or combination of methods. Compared to studies that examine uniform categories (e.g. women) or multiple categories (e.g. women and ethnic minorities), intersectional research questions the fixed categories that guide traditional paradigms and methods. Inspired by real-world contexts, in which for example political identities are formed and contested, intersectionality opens a fuzzy black box in which categories are not pre-defined. How can we do justice to this complexity, while still completing a research project with tangible empirical results based on systematic inquiry? Drawing on my past and ongoing mixed method research on political representation and participation of citizens with a migration background this lecture will demonstrate how political ethnography offers a new avenue to tackle this dilemma. In this lecture, political ethnography is conceived as an approach, rather than a method, that may include both qualitative and quantitative methods. Methods that will be covered are in-depth interviews, content analysis, and participant observation.



Liza Mügge is associate professor at the political science department and director of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) at the UvA. Current academic year she is fellow with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). Liza was fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School (2014-2015) and visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (January-June 2012). She is past co-convenor of the Standing Group Gender & Politics of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) (2013-2016).


  • 9.30-10.30: lecture
  • 10.30-10.45: respondent prof. Petra Meier (UAntwerpen)
  • 10.45-11.15: questions

Attendance is free of charge, but please confirm your presence by registering below.

This lecture is part of the Gender Research Seminar, a yearly interdisciplinary course, organized by VUB, UGent and UA, that offers advanced training in research methods in the field of gender and diversity studies. The seminar relates gender to broader issues of diversity, epistemology and questions of (in)equality in power in society, culture and politics from a critical research perspective. In 2016-2017 the seminar will be organized at VUB. This year’s focus is on ‘Intersectionality: Theory, Concepts and Methods’. For more information see: https://my.vub.ac.be/nieuws/2016/12/01/dsh-gender-research-seminar. 


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