Working with and Interviewing Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

Working with and Interviewing Writers, Artists and Filmmakers
4 November 2020, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Research Training

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: Anneleen Masschelein et al., ‘The Literary Interview: Toward a Poetics of a Hybrid Genre’, Poetics Today 35.1-2 (2014): 1–49. Jerome Boyd Maunsell, ‘The literary interview as autobiography’, European Journal of Life Writing 5 (2016): 23–42. John Rodden, ‘The Literary Interview as Public Performance’, Culture and Society 50 (2013): 403–406.

Registration is free of charge but numbers will be limited to facilitate active participation and discussion during the session.

This session has been organised by the Institute’s Fieldwork and Modern Languages working group, chaired by Claire Griffiths ( Please contact Naomi Wells ( or visit our online research training area for more general questions about the IMLR's research training programme.


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