Date(s) - 24/11/2020
10:30 - 12:30

Gili Yaron


Organizer: Gili Yaron

As an empirical philosopher, Gili Yaron uses qualitative methods to study such themes as extended embodiment, patient experiences, and healthcare innovations. In 2018, she completed her PhD in Medical Humanities at Maastricht University. Her thesis, entitled ‘Doing facial difference’, explores the lived experiences of people who have lost part(s) of the face and use a silicone facial prosthetic device. Yaron has held research and teaching positions at the Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and the University of Groningen. She currently works as a senior researcher at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University, investigating the uptake of ‘Positive Health’ in Limburg.

Workshop description:

This workshop will cover the basics of qualitative interviewing. We will start by discussing the research design: demarcating a research topic, formulating a research question, deciding on the target population, and the role of reading. Next, we will focus on how to approach and recruit participants and prepare an interview topic list. We will then talk about –and practice with – the actual interview: the interview situation, opening the interview, establishing rapport with participants, dealing with different types of participants, asking good (follow-up) questions, and handling sensitive topics. Finally, we will discuss data analysis. Throughout the workshop, we will consider examples from my research to get a sense what it means to use qualitative methods.

What are the methodology and/or methods that the workshop will cover?

The workshop will cover qualitative interviews.

To participate in this workshop, you will need to prepare the following material(s):

In preparation, students are expected to read at least one of the following articles:

  • Yaron, G., Widdershoven, G., & Slatman, J. (2018). Recognizing difference: In/visibility in the everyday lives of individuals with facial limb absence. Disability & Society, 33:5, 743-762
  • Yaron, G, Widdershoven, G & Slatman, J (2017). Recovering a “Disfigured” Face: Cosmesis in the Everyday Use of Facial Prostheses. Technè: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 21:1, 1-23
  • Yaron, G, Meershoek, A, Widdershoven, G, Van den Brekel, M & Slatman, J (2017). Facing a Disruptive Face: Embodiment in the everyday experiences of “disfigured” individuals. Human Studies, 40:2, 285-307

Students may wish to pay extra attention to the introduction, methods section, and findings section.

At the end of this workshop, you will have obtained the following skills:

  • Student will have gained a basic understanding of how to prepare for and conduct qualitative interviews
  • Students will have gained some experience with qualitative interviewing, specifically with regards to asking good (follow-up) questions, establishing rapport, and handling sensitive topics
  • Students will have gained a basic understanding of how to analyze qualitative interview data
  • Students will have gained a basic understanding of how to report on the findings of qualitative research

Workshop format:

Zoom and the function of breakout rooms, the session will last 2 hours.

– – Registrations are currently open for anyone, regardless of whether they are a student in Research Methods 2 or not. Final registrations close on Monday 23 November 2020 at noon. – –


Registrations are currently closed for this event.