Department of Philosophy

Reactivity in the Research Process

The workshop is organized by Julie Zahle (University of Bergen), Caterina Marchionni (University of Helsinki), and Marion Godman (University of Aarhus).

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Workshop Description

Reactivity in the research process is exemplified by a research participant who replies in ways she assumes will please the interviewer; fills out a survey in ways that accord with her conception of what are socially acceptable answers; or changes her behavior because the experimenter is a woman. The aim of the present workshop is 1) to map out and analyze the multifarious ways in which reactivity occurs in social research and 2) to discuss what constitutes the proper way of responding to the occurrence of reactivity.


Thursday 5 March

09:00 - 10:00  Sharon Crasnov (Norco College): “Asking the Experts When Measuring Democracy”

10:00 - 11:00  Rosa Runhardt (Leiden University): “Reactivity and Measurement"

  11:00 - 11:30  Coffee, tea, etc.

11.30 - 12.30  Matti Sarkia (University of Helsinki): “Consumer confidence surveys and reactivity in economic forecasting”

  12.30 - 14.00  Lunch

14.00 - 15:00  Corrado Matta (Linnæus University): “Reactivity, Interaction and Methodological Separatism in Qualitative Interpretive Research”

15.00 - 16.00  Julie Zahle (University of Bergen): “Reactivity in Qualitative Data Collection”

  16:00 - 16.30  Coffee, tea, etc.

Friday 6 March

09:00 - 10:00    Inkeri Koskinen (University of Helsinki): “Reactivity and Activist Research”

10:00 - 11:00    Maria Jiménez-Buedo (UNED, Spain): “Reactivity and Experimental Control”

  11.00 - 11:30    Coffee, tea etc.

11.30 - 12.30    David Teira (UNED, Spain): “The trade off between impartiality and participants' freedom in clinical trials”

  12.30 – 13.45    Lunch    

13:45 - 14:45    Uljana Feest (Leibniz Universität Hannover): “Experimental Artifacts and the Reactivity of Psychological Phenomena”

  14:45 - 15.00    Coffee, tea etc. and goodbye  



The workshop is generously funded by The Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) as part of the workshop series “Types of Reactivity in the Human Sciences”.