Working with and Interviewing Writers, Artists and Filmmakers (session details and recordings)

Session leaders: Joe Ford (IMLR), with Kasia Mika (QMUL) and Claire Griffiths (Chester)

Wednesday 2 November 2022, 2pm - 3.30pm (GMT)


Increasingly, those researching living writers, artists and filmmakers will want to work with and interview them as part of their research. This can be fruitful for research outputs, running public engagement events, and developing longer term collaborations with writers, artists and filmmakers. There are, however, several factors to consider when using interviews as part of the research process: How do writers, artists and filmmakers position themselves when giving interviews? Is the researcher’s critical capacity compromised by working with the subjects of their research? What are the practical and ethical considerations when approaching participants and what different types of interviews are there to choose from? Facilitated by researchers with experience working with and interviewing international writers, artists and filmmakers, this session will introduce you to the theory and practice of making contact, building relationships and conducting ‘elite’ semi-structured interviews with research participants who are writers, artists and/or filmmakers.

Recommended reading: 
Maunsell, J. B. (2016). ‘The literary interview as autobiography’, European Journal of Life Writing, 5: 23–42.
Mika, K. & Owles, E. (2019). ‘Intranquilities – A portrait of how contemporary Haitian artists’,
O’Connor, H. & Madge, C. (2017). ‘Online interviewing’. In The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 416—434.
Pittaway, E., Bartolomei, L. & Hugman, R. (2010). ‘“Stop stealing our stories”: The Ethics of research with vulnerable groups’, Journal of Human Rights Practice, 2(2): 229—251.

This session has been organised by the Institute’s Fieldwork and Modern Languages Research group, chaired by Prof. Claire Griffiths: in new window)

Session recordings (see below):

1.     Introduction to Interviews as a Research Method - Dr Naomi Wells

2.     Carrying Out and Incorporating the Interview into Research - Dr Joe Ford

3.     Looking Back on Two Decades of Fieldwork - Prof. Claire Griffiths

4.     Negotiating Filming and Collaboration in Haiti - Dr Kasia Mika