Professor Shapiro and I spoke over the phone for about half an hour on Wednesday, December 3rd. First, we discussed which methodology I planned to use for the Final Narrative Paper and SISU-306 research project. I had been wary about moving forward with an interpretivist project, as a neopositivist mindset is much more natural for me, but Professor Shapiro urged me to select my methodology based on which I felt would lead to a more interesting contribution to research on my topic. Because of this discussion, I have confirmed my decision to move forward with an interpretivist project.
We then discussed how to go about this most effectively. Professor Shapiro expressed concerns that my current topic was too broadly defined to yield interesting findings. By researching such a long period of time and focusing on any discourse within the government, Professor Shapiro felt I would struggle to guide my documents selection moving forward. I have not entirely decided how to address these concerns moving forward into SISU-306, but will consider them in my research design section of the Final Narrative Paper. Professor Shapiro suggested I readjust the focus of my project entirely and focus on a more concrete context, such as the Madrid climate summit. She suggested I consider following this summit and doing a discourse analysis on how various nations represent climate change in plenary speeches.
Moving into SISU-306, Professor Shapiro suggested I follow the Madrid conference and consider that as a more suitable topic. She also suggested that I review the book by Dunn and Neumann, both what was covered in this class and other sections, in order to prepare myself to undertake an interpretive research project. Over the upcoming winter break, I therefore have two main goals. I first intend to read more content on interpretivism, by reviewing what was covered in class, reading Dunn and Neumann, and looking for additional interpretive articles in the world of climate change. Second, I plan to address the viability of my topic choice by beginning to explore some of the document sources I have thus far imagined using. I hope to determine if the path of research I have thus far designed is actually possible to complete in a semester long project and if there are intriguing results to be found.