Proposal Title

Interviews Under Occupation: Collecting Data in Areas of Conflict

Affiliation

University of South Florida

Department or Program

World Languages, SLA/IT

Start Date

15-4-2017 10:55 AM

End Date

15-4-2017 11:25 AM

Presentation Keywords/Areas

Theory and Ethics in Qualitative Research

Additional Presentation Keywords/Areas

Challenges in Qualitative Research

Abstract

Palestine has been under a brutal military occupation since 1948 (Khalidi, 2010; Suleiman, 2004). Suleiman (2004) contends that language use is one of the least studied dimensions of this Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Past studies in the region have explored these ideas via linguistic landscape (Ben-Rafael et.al, 2006). However, current studies have interviewed Palestinians in regards to their perceptions of languages in use (Hawker, 2013; Olsen & Olsen, 2010).

This presentation specifically discusses careful strategies when interviewing participants or family of participants living in an area conflict such as Palestine. While there are already safeguards in place when analyzing interviews such as member checking (Janesick, 2011), this presentation will suggest additions to the qualitative interviewing guide in order to further protect anonymity and information which is shared throughout the course of the collection of data. This will be exemplified through data which has already been collected by the presenter as part of larger study on emotional perceptions of languages used by Palestinians both in Palestine and in the diaspora.

Presentation Type and Comments

20 min paper presentation - unless this can be included in a panel.

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Interviews Under Occupation: Collecting Data in Areas of Conflict

Palestine has been under a brutal military occupation since 1948 (Khalidi, 2010; Suleiman, 2004). Suleiman (2004) contends that language use is one of the least studied dimensions of this Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Past studies in the region have explored these ideas via linguistic landscape (Ben-Rafael et.al, 2006). However, current studies have interviewed Palestinians in regards to their perceptions of languages in use (Hawker, 2013; Olsen & Olsen, 2010).

This presentation specifically discusses careful strategies when interviewing participants or family of participants living in an area conflict such as Palestine. While there are already safeguards in place when analyzing interviews such as member checking (Janesick, 2011), this presentation will suggest additions to the qualitative interviewing guide in order to further protect anonymity and information which is shared throughout the course of the collection of data. This will be exemplified through data which has already been collected by the presenter as part of larger study on emotional perceptions of languages used by Palestinians both in Palestine and in the diaspora.