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Challenging fieldwork: Ethical, practical and political questions

Join us for this one day workshop which explores the ethical, practical and political challenges of conducting challenging fieldwork.

  • 12 Apr 2019, 10.00am to 12 Apr 2019, 5.15pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 4 West, 1.2, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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Conducting fieldwork can present many challenges of a practical, physical and political nature

This one day workshop will give you the opportunity to listen, learn and discuss the ethical, practical and political challenges of conducting fieldwork in challenging environments.

Programme of events

Time Event
10 to 10.30am Registration and welcome
10.30 to 11.15am Challenging fieldwork: Key dilemmas (panel discussion)
11.15 to 11.45am Group discussion: Setting out questions and aims
11.45am to 12.30pm Political challenges (panel discussion)
12.30 to 1.00pm Group discussion: In what ways is fieldwork political? What kind of political challenges emerge from doing fieldwork in different settings? How is our won relation to the 'field' political?
1 to 2pm Lunch
2 to 2.45pm Ethical challenges (panel discussion)
2.45 to 3.15pm Group discussion: What does it mean to do fieldwork ethically? What ethical challenges do we face? Are current ethical reviews adequate for reflecting these challenges? How can ‘everyday ethics’ be integrated in research training?
3.15 to 3.30pm Coffee
3.30 to 4.15pm Practical challenges (panel discussion)
4.15 to 4.45pm Group discussion: Why are the practical challenges of doing fieldwork discussed? How do we plan for fieldwork and factor in uncertainty?
4.45 to 5.15pm Close and ways forward

This event is free to attend. Lunch and afternoon coffee is provided.

This event is sponsored by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

Speaker profiles

Dr Luisa Enria is a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath. Her research in Sierra Leone focuses on crisis, political subjectivities, global health and the tensions and possibilities at the interface between social science and emergency responses.

During the West African Ebola outbreak she was posted in Northern Sierra Leone to carry out anthropological research for the Ebola vaccine trials. Her recent ESRC-funded project, States of Emergency: Citizenship in Crisis in Sierra Leone, studied how the Ebola state of emergency and a militarised public health response shaped experiences and perceptions of citizenship

Dr Ross Porter, is a Lecturer at the Exeter Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. His current research is a study of revolutionary ethics in contemporary Yemen, exploring the relationship between freedom, value and radical discontinuity in the formation of revolutionary identities. He is also working on an ethnographic monograph which will chronicle the last several years of revolution and counter-revolution in Yemen.

Booking details

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4 West, 1.2 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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