Open to all social research researchers returning from fieldwork - Refreshments provided.
Going into the field can be terrifying, but so is returning from it. Fieldwork throws us out of our comfort zone, and allows us to be receptive to new ways of thinking. Upon our return, we are often confronted by a daunting series of questions: How was it? What did we learn? How can we understand experiences that we found difficult, bewildering, or problematic? How can we translate these into the language of the academic world, or nestle them into our own relationships? Has the field changed me?
The Fieldworkers’ Sessions offers a space for DPhil students returning from the field to share their experiences, learn what it means to translate fieldwork into academic results, and understand the value of qualitative methods in the social sciences and the wider world. Every two weeks we will participate in a facilitated discussion on the different facets of field-based qualitative research. For each topic we will disseminate a reading to help provoke discussion on how we have individually dealt with the issues inherent in this type of research. From a reading chosen to provoke thought about one aspect of field-based research. An indicative schedule can be found here (subject to change with participants’ input).
There is no definitive type of fieldworker. If the field is central to how you think about your your research, if you are curious about how others have done fieldwork, what is similar and what is different to your own experience if you are keen to reflect on the personal and academic implications of fieldwork with a community of like-minded researchers, then we would be very happy to welcome you to the Fieldworker’s Sessions.