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Challenges in Contemporary Fieldwork

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  • Wed 27 May 2020 09.00 - 18.00
  • Thu 28 May 2020 09.00 - 18.00
  • Fri 29 May 2020 09.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-05-27 9:00 2020-05-29 18:00 Europe/Paris Challenges in Contemporary Fieldwork

The impact that research in the field can take on the health and wellbeing of those conducting fieldwork has led to concern over university preparedness for fieldwork. In the wake of several high profile cases of detainment, torture, and death of doctoral students at European universities, this workshop is designed to provide students conducting fieldwork with the tools they need to navigate complex research challenges. This three-day workshop is about doing qualitative research in complex settings, and the kinds of challenges that can arise during fieldwork in relation to safety and risk, ethics, gender, health and mental health.

 

Rather than only providing a space for researchers to share their experiences, this workshop aims to fundamentally improve the ways in which conventional qualitative methods are taught, with a focus on situating these methods in the kinds of challenging environments in which they might be used. This will include practical exercises on the use of qualitative research methods in complex settings, such as gaining access to research participants in contexts of violence; safety and risk in doing interviews with members of armed groups or individuals engaged in street violence or crime; and conducting focus groups on sensitive subjects, or with individuals who do not usually engage with institutions or institutional processes.

 

However, challenges in contemporary fieldwork are not limited to so-called ‘difficult’ or ‘extreme’ settings, and both researchers and their interlocutors are vulnerable to numerous challenges regardless of where they work. The workshop will therefore also include a broader, and more holistic training on how researchers can better protect themselves before, during and after conducting fieldwork on in complex settings, including in elite institutions. In addition, this workshop will also provide a space for pre- and post-field researchers to connect, network, and learn from each other. Part of each session will involve working in smaller groups of both pre- and post-field students responding to particular hypothetical fieldwork situations. 

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  Online teaching through zoom -

The impact that research in the field can take on the health and wellbeing of those conducting fieldwork has led to concern over university preparedness for fieldwork. In the wake of several high profile cases of detainment, torture, and death of doctoral students at European universities, this workshop is designed to provide students conducting fieldwork with the tools they need to navigate complex research challenges. This three-day workshop is about doing qualitative research in complex settings, and the kinds of challenges that can arise during fieldwork in relation to safety and risk, ethics, gender, health and mental health.

 

Rather than only providing a space for researchers to share their experiences, this workshop aims to fundamentally improve the ways in which conventional qualitative methods are taught, with a focus on situating these methods in the kinds of challenging environments in which they might be used. This will include practical exercises on the use of qualitative research methods in complex settings, such as gaining access to research participants in contexts of violence; safety and risk in doing interviews with members of armed groups or individuals engaged in street violence or crime; and conducting focus groups on sensitive subjects, or with individuals who do not usually engage with institutions or institutional processes.

 

However, challenges in contemporary fieldwork are not limited to so-called ‘difficult’ or ‘extreme’ settings, and both researchers and their interlocutors are vulnerable to numerous challenges regardless of where they work. The workshop will therefore also include a broader, and more holistic training on how researchers can better protect themselves before, during and after conducting fieldwork on in complex settings, including in elite institutions. In addition, this workshop will also provide a space for pre- and post-field researchers to connect, network, and learn from each other. Part of each session will involve working in smaller groups of both pre- and post-field students responding to particular hypothetical fieldwork situations. 


Location:
Online teaching through zoom -

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Workshop

Contact:
Maureen Lechleitner (EUI) - Send a mail

Organiser:
prof Jeffrey T. Checkel (European University Institute)

Speaker:
Dr. Caitlin Procter

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