Qualitative Transitions: Issues of Methodology in Central and South-East Eauropean Sociologies // Rijeka, Croatia // November 19-21 2010

This conference deals with a timely but as yet unexplored topic of the gradual emergence and the current increased presence of qualitative methodology in the former socialist countries of Central and South-East Europe.

The task of the conference is to explore the reasons for but also the dangers of the current “qualitative turn” in Central and East European sociologies. Namely, while the expansion of the new approaches promises new insights, it can also contribute to a lowering of the general quality of sociological research in the designated regions, due to a lack of tradition in the field and exaggerated expectations.

In addition to seven sessions of thematically organized academic papers, the conference features a panel devoted to a discussion of the connection between the past and the present of qualitative methodology in Central and East European sociologies, as well as three keynote lectures by noted experts in the field.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by professors Frane Adam, Krystzof Konecki, and Giampietro Gobo.

November 19, 2010


INGA TOMIĆ-KOLUDROVIĆ (President of Croatian Sociological Association, President of the Conference Academic Board)

KRZYSZTOF KONECKI (President of European Sociological Association's Research Network for Qualitative Methods, Member of the Conference Academic Board)

PREDRAG ŠUSTAR (Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka)

Panel discussion
& Keynote lecture



FRANE ADAM (University of Ljubljana) – Introductory keynote lecture
Qualitative research in a changing epistemic and political context

MIRKO PETRIĆ (University of Zadar) – Panel convenor

KREŠIMIR KUFRIN (University of Zagreb)

SMILJKA TOMANOVIĆ (University of Belgrade)

November 20, 2010


A. JAN KUTYLOVSKI (University of Oslo)
Reflections on the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide with the View towards Complementarities in Quantification and Qualification, and Examples from Post-Communities States (disseminated paper)

BORIS BANOVAC (University of Rijeka)
VJERAN KATUNARIĆ (University of Zadar)
Analyzing Ethnic Conflict and Peace Dynamics: Quantitative and Qualitative Aspects

OGNJEN ČALDAROVIĆ (University of Zagreb)
JANA ŠARINIĆ (University of Zagreb)
From the Chicago School to New Developments in Urban Studies: Qualitative Methodology in a Transitional Context


Coffee break



TOMISLAV JANOVIĆ (University of Zagreb)
The Social Role of Interpretivist Social Science Before and After Transition

TANJA VUČKOVIĆ JUROŠ (Indiana University/University of Zagreb)
Reporting on Ethnographic Research in Croatian Social Science: Issues of Ethics and Research Rigor

SLAVICA JAKELIĆ (University of Virginia)
Between Theory and Methodology: Thinking the "Qualitative Turn" in the Sociology of Religion

LUCJA KRYZANOVSKA (University of Warsaw)
MAGDALENA STEC (University of Warsaw)
The Hope Giving Effect – A New Challenge for Qualitative Research


Lunch break



Visual Grounded Theory. The Development of Grounded Theory in Poland

MIRKO PETRIĆ (University of Zadar)
Sociological Theory as Differentia Specifica of Visual Sociology


Coffee break

(Parallel Sessions)


LYNETTE ŠIKIĆ-MIĆANOVIĆ (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar in Zagreb)
Qualitative Methodology as a Means of Creating Space for the Articulation of Experience of Homelessness in Croatia

ANNA KACPERCZYK (Lodz University)
Ethnography Method in Social Worlds Analysis – the Example of Investigation Process on Social World of Climbing

DAMIR ŠOH (University of Zagreb)
Positive Versus Reflexive Science: Methodological Grounds for Studying Cycling in the Urban Context of Zagreb



Lay Theories and Cultural Contingency of Happiness

KREŠIMIR KROLO (University of Zadar)
The Role of Qualitative Methodology in Researching Youth Media Environments in Croatia

MAJA DRZAZGA (University of Silesia in Katowice)
An Application of Qualitative Methods in Sociology of National Music in Poland

SVEN MARCELIĆ (University of Zadar)
Fighting Plagiarism from Below – Findings from Interviews with „Whistleblowers“

November 21, 2010


VALERIJA BARADA (University of Zadar)
Interviewing Women or Interviewing Designers: How to Research a Gendered Position in the Profession of Visual Communication Design

PAŠKO BILIĆ (Institute for International Relations in Zagreb)
Interviewing in Digital Space

PETRA RODIK (University of Zagreb)
JAKA PRIMORAC (Institute for International Relations in Zagreb)
The Implications of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)


Coffee break



GIAMPIETRO GOBO (University of Milan)
Generalizing from an Unique case? An Outline of an Idiographic Theory of Samples

Introduction by
MIRKO PETRIĆ (University of Zadar)





JASMINA BOŽIĆ (University of Zagreb)
Reliability of Research Data Obtained by Grounded Theory Methodology

GEVISA LA ROCCA (Kore University, Enna)
I have Lost the „Meaning“. Grounded Theory as a Method to Rediscover

EDGAR BURŠIĆ (University of Pula)
The Possibilities of Discovery Using Grounded Theory: The Case of New Italian Citizens in Croatia


Lunch break



KARIN DOOLAN (Institute for Social Research in Zagreb)
The Interconnectedness of Knowledge Production Considerations, Social Theory and Methodology

NIKŠA DUBRETA (University of Zagreb)
HELENA TRBUŠIĆ (University of Zagreb)
From Technical Training to Liquid Engineering: a Qualitative Study of the Non-technical Part of Engineering Academic Education

MARIJA BRAJDIĆ-VUKOVIĆ (Institute for Social Research in Zagreb)
Qualitative Methodology in Context of Research on the Provision of Mentoring within Formal Supervisory Relationships between Young Researcher and Experienced Scientist

Academic Board

President (Croatian Sociological Association)

(International Sociological Association)

(European Sociological Association)

(University of Milan)

(University of Rijeka)

(University of Graz)

Organization Board

(University of Zadar)

(The Other Sea)

(Croatian Sociological Association)

Keynote lectures at the conference will be delivered by professors Frane Adam, Krystzof Konecki, and Giampietro Gobo.

In addition to authoring important publications in the field, these speakers share a profound commitment to the popularization and advancement of qualitative methodology in their immediate professional contexts and in the wider sociological community.

Frane Adam

is a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. His research interests include a number of topics in the fields ranging from sociology of development to studies of democracy. Of central interest to this conference, however, is Professor Adam’s expertise in the field of qualitative methodology. His Ph.D. and his journal articles on qualitative methods, published at the beginning of the 1980s, came at the time of rarely questioned dominance of quantitative methods in the sociologies of then constituent parts of former Yugoslavia. Professor Adam is thus ideally placed to discuss the differences and connections between the past and the present of qualitative methodology in the region.

Krystzof Konecki

is a professor of sociology and chair of Department of Organizational and Management Sociology at Lodz University. He is also editor-in-chief of Qualitative Sociology Review and current president of the board of Qualitative Methods Research Network of European Sociological Association. In the general area of qualitative sociology, Professor Konecki’s major research interests are in the fields of grounded theory, visual sociology, organizational symbolism, human-animal interactions, symbolic interactionism and interpretive sociology. Professor Konecki’s keynote lecture deals with the aspects of visual grounded theory.

Giampietro Gobo

is associate professor of methodology of social research at the University of Milan. In addition to publishing a number of important journal articles in the field, professor Gobo is well-known for his textbooks on cognitive and communication aspects of the survey interview, and on ethnographic methodology. He is former president of the board of Qualitative Methods Research Network of European Sociological Association, and has co-edited a major international publication on qualitative research practice. Professor Gobo’s keynote lecture discusses the possibilities for generalizing from a unique case, and offers an outline of an idiographic theory of samples.


The conference will take place on the premises of the Faculty of Philosophy, located in the city center, at the address Trg Ivana Klobučarića 1, five minutes walk from the hotel Neboder.

Dynamic changes occurred in last years have put Rijeka in a high society of Croatian tourist cities. An urban tourism development contributes to the creation and making meaningful numerous happenings in town, interesting events and new manifestations. The result of all these efforts is the refurbishment of existing and the opening of new hotel facilities, meaning that Rijeka now has two four-star hotels and two three-star hotels.


Numerous museums, theatres, galleries, ports and other living reminders of interesting industrial history, ancient Gradina and the Trsat Sanctuary are just a part of the wealth offered by the town of Rječina for which is known that lives 365 days a year. It is surely important to say that Rijeka ranks highly in the gastronomic stakes thanks to high-quality gastronomical facilities, café bars and restaurants. The inevitable part of the image of the town is a rich nightlife. The town is surely completed by the town centre, one of the biggest commercial centres in the region where there is a Cinestar, casinos, gaming establishments and other amusements.

Area: 44 km2

Population: 144.043 (2001.)

Language: Official language is Croatian. Most commonly used foreign language is English.

Time zone: Central European Time (GMT +1). Daylight saving time: 29.03.-25.10.2009. (GMT +2)

Currency: Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange bureaux, post offices, hotels, campsites. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Power supply: 220 V, 50 Hz

Important telephone numbers

00385 Country code
(0)51 Regional code
112 Emergency number
9155 Coastguard
091.721.0000 (GSM) – Mountain rescue
987 HAK – Croatian automobile club

Free wireless internet access in the city centre and Trsat.

For additional information please contact

Petra Corva

Distance to the airport

Distance to the airport: Rijeka (20 km), Zagreb (165 km), Trieste (Italy) (110 km), Ljubljana (Slovenia) (140 km)

Air travel to Rijeka

You can reach Rijeka by plane flying Croatia Airlines from a number of European cities. There are no direct flights to Rijeka, all Croatian Airlines flights fly via Zagreb and the length of the stopover varies.
Zagreb airport is well serviced by a number of European airlines.
Shuttle transportation for Croatia Airlines flights:
Bus transportation to the Zagreb Airport is organized in cooperation with Pleso prijevoz (from Rijeka - Jelačić Square 5 - at 05:00 and at 11:00 and from Zagreb Airport at 15:30)
The bus fare is not included in the air-ticket price and the price is 150 Croatian kuna (aprox. 20 euros).

Transportation from the Rijeka airport

Sometimes it is preferable to fly by plane to Zagreb and then take a bus to Rijeka.
Air travel to Zagreb + bus to Rijeka
If you prefer to take a flight to Zagreb and then use a bus there are frequent bus rides from Zagreb to Rijeka from the main bus station in Zagreb.
The bus from the airport brings you directly to the main bus station in Zagreb. (Every half hour direct from the international gate. The ticket costs around 4 euros). The bus to Rijeka takes the new route on the highway and it is a pleasant two-three hours drive. One way ticket costs around 15 euros. You can buy your ticket even on the bus (Croatian Kunas only). Timetable you can find here

Bus transportation from the Rijeka airport:
Rijeka Airport provides transportation by Autotrans buses for each flight, from the city of Rijeka to Rijeka Airport and from Rijeka Airport to the city of Rijeka. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
Single ticket is 30,00 kn (cca 4 €). Tickets can be purchased on the bus.
In addition, you can take a taxi or rent a car.


Autotrans bus departs from Rijeka Airport to the city centre (Rijeka Bus Terminal, Žabica 1) after landing.


Autotrans bus departs from Rijeka Bus Terminal (Žabica 1), 2 hours and 20 minutes before each flight. It departs from Kraljevica 2 hours before each flight.

Ljubljana airport and Trieste airport

If you decide to reach Rijeka by plain to the Ljubljana or Trieste the preferable way is to take rent a car and to drive to Rijeka.
Here you can find the way

Arrival by boat

Passenger terminal is in the city centre. Sea routes provide connection between towns along the Croatian coast but also with Greece, Italy and Albania. All information on sailing time-table and services are available at Jadrolinija’s headquarters (Jadrolinija, Riva 16, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia, tel: +385/51/666 111 fax: +385/51/213 11).

Arrival by train

The Railway station is in Krešimirova Street 5. Information on rail services is available on the info counter or by info telephone 060/333-4444. Tickets can be obtained and reservations made at the station ticket-office tel. 211-638. The railway station has a leftluggage department, opening hours from 0:00 am to 24:00 pm. Luggage safekeeping is charged 15 kn per day.

Arrival by bus

Scheduled bus lines connect Rijeka with bigger Croatian and European cities. The bus terminal is in the city centre, Žabica. All information on timetable and fares can be obtained at the Autotrans agency, Žabica 1 or by telephone 060 / 30-20-10. If you have to change buses or you have time for sightseeing, you can leave your luggage in the left-luggage department, which is next to the newspaper and cigarette stand, open from 5:30 am till 10:30 pm. Luggage safekeeping is charged 11 kn.


In the centre of the town there are three taxi terminals, at the Bus station, tel. 335-138; in the Matije Gupca Street, tel. 335-417, at the railway station, tel. 332-893 and there is also a taxi van available. The cheapest one is Taxi Cameo and you can find them on the Bus station:

Tel. 313-313
do 5 km - 20,00 kn
do 10 km - 40,00 kn

The other prices are:
I zone (up to 5 km) - 30,00 Kuna
II zone (up to 8 km) - 40,00 Kuna
III zone (up to 11 km) - 50,00 Kuna
IV zone (up to 14 km) - 60,00 Kuna

Every further km is 7 kn. An hour’s delay will cost 60 kn. For long rides arrange price in advance.

Kvarner stan d.o.o., Dolac 9
Tel. 301-301
> 5 km - 30,00 kn
> 10 km - 50,00 kn
> 15 km - 70,00 kn

Public transport

Rijeka’s public transportation includes town (1st zone) and suburb (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th zone) bus lines. The bus ticket can be bought at the tobacconist’s and is valid for two fares. You validate the ticket by inserting it in the ticket machine when you get on the bus. A one-way ticket at a somewhat higher price can be bought from the bus driver on the bus. Public transport operates from 5:00 am to 11:30 pm every 15 minutes.
List of town and suburb bus lines
Scheme of town lines

Fares according to zones:
(Valid for two rides)

1st zone - 15,50 kn
2nd zone - 21,00 kn
3rd zone - 26,00 kn
4th zone - 30,00 kn
5th zone - 35,00 kn

Useful links
For additional information please contact

Petra Corva

Discount rates are available to the conference participants at the hotel Neboder, The hotel is 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes by taxi from the main bus station. Conference participants are charged a special discount rate of 392,70 Croatian kuna (aprox. 52 euros) per day for bed and breakfast.

If you would like to obtain the room at the discount rate, please contact the hotel Neboder at the e-mail address: neboder@jadran-hoteli.hr
with the note “participant at the conference Qualitative transitions”

For other possibilities of accommodation in Rijeka, please check:

For additional information please contact

Petra Corva

Three events related to the subject of the conference will be organized in the city of Rijeka on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20, 2010.

Public discussion

Topic: Croatia – An Unexplored Land
Location: Ri Book, Janeza Trdine 7, Rijeka
Time: Friday, November 19, 2010, at 13.00

Event description: The discussion, aimed at general public, is devoted to the topic of insufficient public presence of empirical sociological research in Croatia. The panellists will discuss the nature, funding background and modes of dissemination of the outcomes of empirical research undertaken in the country in recent years.

Panel participants:
Inga Tomić-Koludrović, President of Croatian Sociological Association
Krešimir Kufrin, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
Mirko Petrić, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Zadar

Moderator: Davor Mišković, The Other Sea, Rijeka

Exhibition opening

Exhibition title: Take off your bikini
Author: Petra Rodik
Location: Peek & Poke Club, Ivana Grohovca 2, Rijeka
Time: Friday, November 19, 2010, at 20.30

Event description: The author, an early career sociologist specializing in methods of empirical research, departs from the Aaron E. Levenstein’s dictum according to which statistics is like a bikini, showing everything but hiding the most important things. The exhibition of graphic work created by means of computer data processing reveals the insecurities and doubts faced by the researcher.

Social event

Location: Molekula, Delta 5/I, Rijeka
Time: Saturday, November 20, 2010, at 21:00

Event description: Instead of the usual conference dinner, the social event of the Qualitative Transitions conference is planned as an informal meeting of the academic and alternative culture, taking place at a well-know local art scene venue.

Conference fees are set at 120 Croatian kuna (full price), 50 Croatian kuna (doctoral students), and 20 Croatian kuna (undergraduate and graduate students).

Conference registration will take place on the spot.

On the opening day, the registration desk will be open from 16.30 hours.

On conference days, the registration desk will be open 30 minutes before the beginning of the program.

Payment of the conference fee secures access to conference sessions during all three days of the conference.

Registered participants are entitled to lunches at Nebuoloza tavern, Titov trg 2b, Rijeka, at a discount charge of 10 Euro per meal (entree, main course, dessert, glass of wine).