How can we use video to (interpretatively/qualitatively) study space and interaction? The conference aims at bringing together research that focuses on approaches that use video to study the relations of interactions in space, interaction between spaces and the spatial dimension of interaction. Underpinned by theoretical models that understand space not merely as a “container” within which interaction takes place but rather focuses on the relational construction of space(s) in interaction, video methods allow for new insights into questions of spatial structures, dynamics and changes due to new technologies.
Currently processes of digitalization and globalisation present new challenges for the study of spaces, on the side of changing empirical fields where the understanding and experience of space has been transformed through the establishment and multiplication of “synthetic” situations (Knorr-Cetina 2014) in everyday life due to the real time interlinkage of spaces via media technologies. Established methods in the field of empirical qualitative social research can’t match the empirical challenge of studying space anymore and are in great need of innovative methodical approaches (Baur et al. 2014).
Within this conference we would like to pursue a critical discussion on new methods, technologies as well as on the combination of different approaches (mixed methods) for the investigation and understanding of space. In fact, as our starting point is the field of qualitative interpretative methods, we are interested in establishing ties with more quantitative instruments of data collection and analysis as far as big data and new computational methods bring new possibilities for the understanding of interaction of space using video.
We aim to open a discussion space not only at the interface between disciplinary methodical traditions, but also at the interface between scientific and vernacular video analysis in bringing together actors from academia and the practices.