Doing fieldwork from your living room

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Doing fieldwork from your living roomRethinking ethics and safety for early-career researchers during the pandemic:
We welcome expressions of interest for a two-day workshop on ethics and safety for early-career researchers in Social Anthropology and adjacent disciplines, to be held in January 2021. Participants are invited to make a contribution to one or more of four thematic sessions on:• Harm and support (facilitator: Jerika Loren Heinze, Fieldwork Initiative)• Intersections of race and gender (facilitator: Dr Rama Dieng, University of Edinburgh)• Revisiting the “field” (facilitator: Dr SJ Cooper-Knock, University of Edinburgh)• Navigating the ethics bureaucracy (facilitator: Dr Rebecca Tapscott, Graduate Institute Geneva)We aim to shake up conventional seminar formats of lengthy one-way presentations and a final Q&A. Instead, the event organisers and facilitators will work with interested scholars to design interactive, conversational sessions.With this workshop, we hope to create a safe space for exchanges between early-career scholars who often find themselves in precarious employment, and may be grabbling with the aftereffects of traumatic fieldwork experiences. All discussions will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Ms Sophia Neilson, an artist with a study background in anthropology, will draw “field notes” of our sessions. We will publish these sketches as a “picture essay” in Medicine Anthropology Theory. We also plan to work with participants to turn their contributions into articles for a special issue.The workshop will take place over two afternoons on Thursday, 14th January, and Friday, 15th January, 2021. 
The maximum number of participants is 30. Please send a tentative title and a short summary (max 200 words) of your contribution to The call for this workshop will close on 6th December 2020. Towards the end of December 2020, we will get in touch with all selected participants to discuss the format of their session.Workshop organisers:Dr Luisa Schneider, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, l.t.schneider@vu.nlDr Ann Zuntz, Lecturer in Anthropology of Development, University of Edinburgh,
Period14 Jan 202115 Jan 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational