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Presentation given by Dr. Natalie Kononenko, January 24, 2012.

Presentation given by Dr. Natalie Kononenko, January 24, 2012.

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Masterclass #3 Masterclass #3 Presentation Transcript

  • Fieldwork 101the joys and tribulations of field research
  • Fieldwork – what is it• Going out there• Fieldwork in zoology• Fieldwork in the humanities• We get to go out and talk to people
  • Why do it?The good stuff The drawbacks• You have to deal with • You have to deal with people people• It’s fun • Timidity• Primary data (versus • Awkwardness secondary)• Freshness • Too much stuff• Immediacy • You will have to formulate• You will have to formulate ideas and arrange and ideas and arrange and process the data process the data
  • I love it• Adventure of it all• Learning new things• Learning unexpected things• Challenge• The people factor• It’s an Indiana Jones sort of thing
  • I get to go to all sorts of places
  • Develop lasting relationships
  • Fun in Ukraine
  • Kazakhstan 2011
  • Peace Country
  • Northern Saskatchewan
  • Edmonton
  • Stories from fieldwork• The Grottoes• Burned Church revenge• Concrete tombstones and other return of the dead• Evil eye and egg ceremony• The Snake Husband• Epiphany water• Taboos
  • Planning for fieldwork• Picking a topic – what is important relevant• My topics and why they were chosen• Turkey• Ukraine for minstrel book• Ukraine for ritual book• Sanctuary and Canada• Kazakhstan
  • Preparing for fieldworkQuestionnaire Observation plan• Used for interviews • Good for rituals and other• Systematic set of questions occasions where you will be• Covering all the areas an observer or participant connected to the topic that observer you are investigating • Plan ahead so that you• Allowing for digressions know what to look for• Do not necessarily follow • Allow for flexibility and the the questionnaire unexpected• Have a system in the back of your mind
  • Ethical issues• “Othering” the interviewee/respondent• Academic, research situation and person as subject• Imposing academic terminology, perspective• Goal-orientation versus personal situation• Goal-orientation versus courtesy• The interview situation is NOT a natural one• Neither is being an observer
  • Willingness of people to cooperate• People like being interviewed, observed• Makes them feel important• The scholar as the person who gives voice to the voiceless• And you learn an enormous amount
  • Protecting your respondents• HERO – a university requirement• Interview agreement• Letter of introduction• Depositor forms• Preparation in class – essentially geared to the slide earlier• Courtesy, remember humanity and don’t “other,” use appropriate
  • Preparation in class• Courtesy• Remember the humanity of the people you deal with• Don’t “other,” don’t treat as an object• Avoid assumptions about your respondent• Use appropriate language: don’t talk down, but don’t use the scholarly terminology from class either• Avoid leading questions
  • Rewards – I had (and have) a great time • It made me a better lecturer – learning about performance • The how-to of folklore, traditional techniques • Understanding of other people, other cultures • Imagination and creativity