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Workshop: "Fielding the field"

2021-05-21 10:00 to 14:30
Online via Zoom

A workshop organized by Erdmute Alber, Iris Clemens and Pamila Gupta

We start by understanding any kind of field as an open assembly of questions, assumptions, curiosities, previous knowledges, time regimes, geographic features, interests, prejudices, observations, and emotions. It can also involve human and non-human interactions, other existences, materialities, images, literature, previous research studies, collaborative research, etc. Accordingly, the question of how fields emerge in the process of doing research points towards diverse ontological and epistemological foundations. What is an entity or a sequence or process that can and should be observed, and for what reason? Where should the first distinction be introduced, and why? And how can something ever be observed and described, both in the field and outside of it, increasingly online, and from a distance during these pandemic times? How can one describe the relationality between the observed entity, the observer (as always vulnerable and distanced), and everything else? Diverse disciplines and scientific perspectives will give quite different answers to these questions. We have asked a number of contributors who represent these diverse perspectives to share with us their answers to the questions raised. In sharing perspectives, we believe we can test our own positions and enrich our perceptions.



Programme of the event


10:00

Welcome

10:10 -
11:20

Fielding assemblages and connectivity (Chair: Iris Clemens)
Vandana Vyas: From Physical to Digital: Reflections from the Field in the times of Corona
Michael Bollig: Studying Multi-Species Assemblages: Anthropological Hybris or the Solution of the Challenges of Cross-Scale and Multi-Site Ethnography
Eileen Jahn: The Struggle Around Electricity: Re-producing framings of subject positions, illicit practices, and locations
Paolo Galbazzi: On debordering and rebordering fields and workers in ethnographic fieldwork

11:20 -
11:35

Break

11:35 -
12:45

Fielding as algorythming and writing (Chair: Pamila Gupta) Penelope Papailias: The field in/of our algorithmic and datalogical everyday: Rethinking subjectivity and temporality in the networked contemporary
Julia Pauli: Writing the Field, Reading the Field
Susan Levine: Telling a story from fragments: The field as puzzle work

12:45 - 13:00

Break

13:00 - 14:10

Fielding the self (Chair: Erdmute Alber)
Joh Sarre: Constructing the gendered subject of the fieldworker: clothing, belonging and surprises
Valerie Gruber: Fluid Fields: The Un/Making of the Research Field in Transdisciplinary Knowledge Co-Production
Paddy Kinyera: Fieldwork as reflective process: researchers as embodiments of relationality
Gokce Gunel and Chika Watanabe: Patchwork Ethnography

14:10 - 14:30

General Discussion

14:30

Informal coming together and hanging out on wonder.de


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