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Introducing the Irish Qualitative Data Archive: Spotlight on Archiving Reproductive Health (Online)

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Introducing the Irish Qualitative Data Archive: Spotlight on Archiving Reproductive Health

Course Leaders: Prof Jane Gray & Dr Aileen O'Carroll

This short course will introduce delegates to the opportunities for qualitative secondary analysis (QSA) offered by the Irish Qualitative Data Archive and the Digital Repository of Ireland, and is held as part of the Timescapes 10 Festival. The cost of registration is included in the nominal £10 fee for the Festival, which covers entry costs to all other Festival events.

This workshop will focus on two themes:

  • Opportunities for the creation of cross-national data assemblages for QSA
  • Reflection on some challenges associated with sharing and re-using potentially traumatising data and Facebook data.

The course will spotlight the innovative Archiving Reproductive Health collection.  Funded by the Wellcome Trust, this uniquely broad collection focuses on the 2015 referendum to liberalise access to abortion in Ireland. The collection includes interviews with activists and doctors. Organisational data has been donated by some of the main groups campaigning for increased access to abortion, including a wide collection of pro-choice artists work. Other collections include a database of tweets from the referendum period, a collection of posts from the InHerShoes Facebook page and a collection of images of posters and streets in the time period leading up to the referendum. The addition of interviews conducted in twenty years leading up to the referendum and in the years after the referendum add to the longitudinal perspective of this social movement for change.

Please note, there is a cap of 30 delegates for this short course.

To register and for further details please visit: