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QUAL Speaker Series: Margaret O’Mara | Writing the History of the Present: Qualitative Methodology in the Code
QUAL Speaker Series: Margaret O’Mara | Writing the History of the Present: Qualitative Methodology in the Code
WhenWednesday, Mar 11, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Campus locationThomson Hall (THO)
Campus room317
Event typesAcademics, Information Sessions, Lectures/Seminars, Workshops
Event sponsorsThe Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Assistant Professorship
Center for Korea Studies
Center for Global Studies
Comparative Religion Program
Isaac Alhadeff Professorship in Sephardic Studies
Jackson School Ph.D. Program
JSIS Japan Studies Program
Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professorship
South Asia Center
School of Law
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Communication
Target AudienceGraduate students interested in qualitative methods
Description

How does a qualitative historical researcher build an archive of very recent history, and of an industry that is often too busy building the future to preserve the documents of the past? Historian Margaret O’Mara discusses the six-year research process informing The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, her recently published history of tech from the 1940s to the present. O’Mara will discuss why she considers qualitative analysis to be critically important in documenting the history and study of business and of technology, and she will describe how she overcame data challenges and built a body of qualitative evidence using a mix of established archives, corporate documents, first-person interviews, and journalistic sources.

Linkjsis.washington.edu…
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