Katherine Bischoping

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor

Office: Vari Hall, 2086
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 77996
Emailkbischop@yorku.ca


Area of Specialization

Research Methods

Degrees

PhD, University of Michigan
MSc, University of Michigan
BMath, University of Waterloo

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Director, Graduate Program in Sociology, July 2010 - June 2013


Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Sociology , Qualitative Methods, Narrative Analysis, Oral History

Selected Publications

K. Bischoping (2014) “Identity and Mutability in Family Narratives about the Third Reich,” pp.56-73 in Ivana Maček (ed.), Engaging with Violence: New Paradigms in the Study of Genocide and Mass Political Violence. London: Routledge.

K. Bischoping and E. Quinlan (2013), "Health and Safety Issues in Precarious Cultural Work," E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies 2(2), 97-115.

R. Olstead and K. Bischoping (eds) (2012), Fearful Symmetries, Oxford, UK: At the Interface.

K. Bischoping (2005) “Quote, Unquote: From Transcript to Text in Ethnographic Research,” pp.141-154 in Doing Ethnography: Researching Everyday Life, D. Pawluch, C. Miall, and W. Shaffir (eds) Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press.

K. Bischoping and Natalia Laluque (2010) Curation of Nora, Leaving Torvald, Laluque Atelier Gallery and Blackcurrant Productions, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, City of Toronto.

K. Bischoping (2009) The Demise of a Focus Group [18.5 min.]. Script by K. Bischoping, directed by G. Porter, co-produced by K. Bischoping and draft89, Toronto. Accompanied by Discussion Guide[8 pp.]

Current Research Projects

Oral Histories of Lei Feng

Summary: 
Little known in the West, kindly soldier Lei Feng (1940-1962) was established as a Chinese national hero by Mao Tsedong in 1963. The Chinese curriculum has since exhorted even its youngest students to “Learn from Lei Feng!” This project examines how Lei Feng is remembered by different generations in China, and how questions about the truth of these histories are taken up in China and North America.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Collaborator: Zhipeng Gao
Collaborator Institution: York University, Graduate Program in Psychology
Collaborator Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Cultural Work in the Recession

Summary: 
An exploration of the career trajectories of precarious workers in the cultural industry. Specific inquiries include: an examination of the health and safety implications of doing cultural work (with L. Quinlan); a reflexive analysis of how insider and outsider status in the cultural work community influence research conclusions (with L. Quinlan); and a discourse analysis of the reasons why cultural workers forget certain jobs that they have done (with A. King).


Project Type: Self-Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Collaborator: Elizabeth Quinlan
Collaborator Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Collaborator Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Sociological Books and their Covers

Summary: 
This project in intertextuality involves visual sociology analysis of the covers of sociology's classics from around the world. A first inquiry, with R. Abdelbaki, K. Ahmed, K. Banasiak, and D. Gul Kaya, compared covers of Edward W. Said's Orientalism from Islamicate contexts with those from non-Islamicate contexts. A second inquiry, with S. Chapman-Nyaho and R. Raby, looks at how covers of Discipline and Punish can transcend a narrow focus on the prison and the Panopticon.

Role: Organizer

Generations and Memory: Continuity and Change

Summary: 
In oral history and memory research, the transmission of memories from one generation to another has been understood to be a key mechanism of continuity in families, communities, nations, and diasporas. At the same time, sharp divides between generations and their memories and understandings of the past have been understood to reflect and drive social change. This special issue of Oral History Forum d'histoire orale, edited by Katherine Bischoping (York University, Canada) and Yumi Ishii (The University of Tokyo, Japan), focuses on how generations act as sites of both continuity and change – a question that itself invites interrogation of how the concept of generation is variously understood and constructed inside and outside academe.

Role: Guest Co-Editor

Collaborator: Yumi Ishii
Collaborator Institution: The University of Tokyo
Collaborator Role: Guest Co-Editor

Selected Publications

K. Bischoping (2014) “Identity and Mutability in Family Narratives about the Third Reich,” pp.56-73 in Ivana Maček (ed.), Engaging with Violence: New Paradigms in the Study of Genocide and Mass Political Violence. London: Routledge.

K. Bischoping and E. Quinlan (2013), "Health and Safety Issues in Precarious Cultural Work," E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies 2(2), 97-115.

R. Olstead and K. Bischoping (eds) (2012), Fearful Symmetries, Oxford, UK: At the Interface.

K. Bischoping (2005) “Quote, Unquote: From Transcript to Text in Ethnographic Research,” pp.141-154 in Doing Ethnography: Researching Everyday Life, D. Pawluch, C. Miall, and W. Shaffir (eds) Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press.

K. Bischoping and Natalia Laluque (2010) Curation of Nora, Leaving Torvald, Laluque Atelier Gallery and Blackcurrant Productions, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, City of Toronto.

K. Bischoping (2009) The Demise of a Focus Group [18.5 min.]. Script by K. Bischoping, directed by G. Porter, co-produced by K. Bischoping and draft89, Toronto. Accompanied by Discussion Guide[8 pp.]

All Publications

Book Chapters

K. Bischoping (2014) “Identity and Mutability in Family Narratives about the Third Reich,” pp.56-73 in Ivana Maček (ed.), Engaging with Violence: New Paradigms in the Study of Genocide and Mass Political Violence. London: Routledge.

K. Bischoping (2005) “Quote, Unquote: From Transcript to Text in Ethnographic Research,” pp.141-154 in Doing Ethnography: Researching Everyday Life, D. Pawluch, C. Miall, and W. Shaffir (eds) Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press.

Journal Articles

K. Bischoping and E. Quinlan (2013), "Health and Safety Issues in Precarious Cultural Work," E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies 2(2), 97-115.

K. Bischoping and R. Olstead (2012) “A Durkheimian Reading of Gender and Morality in the Anonymous Letter Mystery,” Philosophy, Culture and Traditions 7:126-143.

Conference Proceedings

R. Olstead and K. Bischoping (eds) (2012), Fearful Symmetries, Oxford, UK: At the Interface.

Creative Works

K. Bischoping and Natalia Laluque (2010) Curation of Nora, Leaving Torvald, Laluque Atelier Gallery and Blackcurrant Productions, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, City of Toronto.

K. Bischoping (2009) The Demise of a Focus Group [18.5 min.]. Script by K. Bischoping, directed by G. Porter, co-produced by K. Bischoping and draft89, Toronto. Accompanied by Discussion Guide[8 pp.]

Area of Specialization

Research Methods

Degrees

PhD, University of Michigan
MSc, University of Michigan
BMath, University of Waterloo

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership



Director, Graduate Program in Sociology, July 2010 - June 2013


Research Interests:

Culture and Cultural Studies , Sociology , Qualitative Methods, Narrative Analysis, Oral History

Current Research Projects

Oral Histories of Lei Feng

Summary: 
Little known in the West, kindly soldier Lei Feng (1940-1962) was established as a Chinese national hero by Mao Tsedong in 1963. The Chinese curriculum has since exhorted even its youngest students to “Learn from Lei Feng!” This project examines how Lei Feng is remembered by different generations in China, and how questions about the truth of these histories are taken up in China and North America.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Collaborator: Zhipeng Gao
Collaborator Institution: York University, Graduate Program in Psychology
Collaborator Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Cultural Work in the Recession

Summary: 
An exploration of the career trajectories of precarious workers in the cultural industry. Specific inquiries include: an examination of the health and safety implications of doing cultural work (with L. Quinlan); a reflexive analysis of how insider and outsider status in the cultural work community influence research conclusions (with L. Quinlan); and a discourse analysis of the reasons why cultural workers forget certain jobs that they have done (with A. King).


Project Type: Self-Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Collaborator: Elizabeth Quinlan
Collaborator Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Collaborator Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Sociological Books and their Covers

Summary: 
This project in intertextuality involves visual sociology analysis of the covers of sociology's classics from around the world. A first inquiry, with R. Abdelbaki, K. Ahmed, K. Banasiak, and D. Gul Kaya, compared covers of Edward W. Said's Orientalism from Islamicate contexts with those from non-Islamicate contexts. A second inquiry, with S. Chapman-Nyaho and R. Raby, looks at how covers of Discipline and Punish can transcend a narrow focus on the prison and the Panopticon.

Role: Organizer

Generations and Memory: Continuity and Change

Summary: 
In oral history and memory research, the transmission of memories from one generation to another has been understood to be a key mechanism of continuity in families, communities, nations, and diasporas. At the same time, sharp divides between generations and their memories and understandings of the past have been understood to reflect and drive social change. This special issue of Oral History Forum d'histoire orale, edited by Katherine Bischoping (York University, Canada) and Yumi Ishii (The University of Tokyo, Japan), focuses on how generations act as sites of both continuity and change – a question that itself invites interrogation of how the concept of generation is variously understood and constructed inside and outside academe.

Role: Guest Co-Editor

Collaborator: Yumi Ishii
Collaborator Institution: The University of Tokyo
Collaborator Role: Guest Co-Editor

Selected Publications

K. Bischoping (2014) “Identity and Mutability in Family Narratives about the Third Reich,” pp.56-73 in Ivana Maček (ed.), Engaging with Violence: New Paradigms in the Study of Genocide and Mass Political Violence. London: Routledge.

K. Bischoping and E. Quinlan (2013), "Health and Safety Issues in Precarious Cultural Work," E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies 2(2), 97-115.

R. Olstead and K. Bischoping (eds) (2012), Fearful Symmetries, Oxford, UK: At the Interface.

K. Bischoping (2005) “Quote, Unquote: From Transcript to Text in Ethnographic Research,” pp.141-154 in Doing Ethnography: Researching Everyday Life, D. Pawluch, C. Miall, and W. Shaffir (eds) Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press.

K. Bischoping and Natalia Laluque (2010) Curation of Nora, Leaving Torvald, Laluque Atelier Gallery and Blackcurrant Productions, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, City of Toronto.

K. Bischoping (2009) The Demise of a Focus Group [18.5 min.]. Script by K. Bischoping, directed by G. Porter, co-produced by K. Bischoping and draft89, Toronto. Accompanied by Discussion Guide[8 pp.]

All Publications

Book Chapters

K. Bischoping (2014) “Identity and Mutability in Family Narratives about the Third Reich,” pp.56-73 in Ivana Maček (ed.), Engaging with Violence: New Paradigms in the Study of Genocide and Mass Political Violence. London: Routledge.

K. Bischoping (2005) “Quote, Unquote: From Transcript to Text in Ethnographic Research,” pp.141-154 in Doing Ethnography: Researching Everyday Life, D. Pawluch, C. Miall, and W. Shaffir (eds) Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press.

Journal Articles

K. Bischoping and E. Quinlan (2013), "Health and Safety Issues in Precarious Cultural Work," E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies 2(2), 97-115.

K. Bischoping and R. Olstead (2012) “A Durkheimian Reading of Gender and Morality in the Anonymous Letter Mystery,” Philosophy, Culture and Traditions 7:126-143.

Conference Proceedings

R. Olstead and K. Bischoping (eds) (2012), Fearful Symmetries, Oxford, UK: At the Interface.

Creative Works

K. Bischoping and Natalia Laluque (2010) Curation of Nora, Leaving Torvald, Laluque Atelier Gallery and Blackcurrant Productions, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, City of Toronto.

K. Bischoping (2009) The Demise of a Focus Group [18.5 min.]. Script by K. Bischoping, directed by G. Porter, co-produced by K. Bischoping and draft89, Toronto. Accompanied by Discussion Guide[8 pp.]