Fieldwork and Modern Languages Research

The Fieldwork and Modern Languages Research project was launched at a symposium held at the IMLR in the summer of 2017. The event was attended by researchers at various stages of their doctoral and post-doctoral careers. In practical and theoretical talks and workshops participants explored, with the team members listed below, the various challenges and opportunities of conducting fieldwork as an integral part of a research project.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project went online. The team prepared and delivered a series of new seminars in the theory and practice of fieldwork for researchers in Modern Languages and related disciplines. These are now delivered within a broader Faculty-wide programme of online training and support open to scholars in a range of disciplines at various stages of their research careers.

In addition to the seminars, an interdisciplinary collection of articles, books, toolkits, conference contributions, podcasts and other resources related to fieldwork is available at: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography of Fieldwork Resources for Researchers in Modern Languages and Related Fields: Conducting Fieldwork during the Covid-19 Pandemic (sas.ac.uk). Please see further information under Resources.

Seminars

The Fieldwork and Modern Languages Research project supports scholars of modern languages and related disciplines to undertake research in challenging multi-lingual research sites around the globe. Our aim is to help you identify and develop knowledge and skills that will assist you when you are both designing and conducting fieldwork.

We offer an annual series of fieldwork seminars delivered by a team of researchers with specialist expertise in a broad range of fieldwork contexts. You can find more information about the team members and seminar leaders, and details of the particular fieldwork experience they bring to the sessions at: https://port.sas.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=5449.

All participants must register in advance of the seminar on the IMLR’s events system and some seminars have restricted numbers: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/Events/Zoom%20online%20event_participants%20guidance%20v2.pdf

Seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons on Zoom starting at 14:00 (please note the seminars on 2 and 9 March 2022 start at 12:00 noon).

1: INTRODUCTION TO FIELDWORK METHODS

Working with and Interviewing Writers, Artists and Filmmakers
Seminar leader: Joe Ford
Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 14:00-15:30

Ethnography in Modern Languages and Cultures Research
Course leaders: Naomi Wells and Ainhoa Montoya
Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 14:00-15:30
Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 14:00-15:30

2: WORKING IN THE FIELD: CHALLENGES AND METHODS

Conducting Research in Post-Conflict Contexts
Seminar leader: Catherine Gilbert
Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 14:00-16:00

Working in the field: Photographic Methods
Seminar leaders: Tom Martin & Chandra Morrison
Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 12:00-14:00

3: DECOLONISING FIELDWORK: CHALLENGES AND METHODS

Decolonising data for cultural research in the Global South  
Seminar leaders: Claire Griffiths & Monika Kukolova
Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 14:00-16:00

Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities
Seminar leaders: Kaya Davies Hayon and Fadma Aït Mous
Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 14:00-15:30                                                                                                         

 

Resources

The Interdisciplinary Bibliography of Fieldwork Resources began to take shape at the first face-to-face symposium on fieldwork for Modern Linguists held at the IMLR in 2017. It has undergone an exponential expansion, accelerated in recent times by the global pandemic.

In the early months of 2020, scholars from across the arts, humanities and social sciences around the globe started sharing resources on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on research and fieldwork. We embraced this unprecedented level of collaboration across the disciplines as an opportunity to collate resources.

The bibliography now unites several shorter discipline-specific bibliographies, numerous reading lists, podcasts, conference recordings, and other materials shared by colleagues across the world, working in a range of related disciplines, in response to the fieldwork challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. These resources are the result of a world-wide collaboration; they are crowd-sourced and we are constantly adding to them.

If you are new to fieldwork, you may like to familiarise yourself firstly with the materials suggested in the key reading sections of the seminars you wish to join, but you may also find valuable information of relevance to your research plans in the bibliography.

If you are a supervisor/mentor, you may wish to select from the self-access materials to identify those best adapted to your supervisees’ fields and requirements. 

If you would like any further information about any of this, please contact Professor Claire Griffiths at c.griffiths@chester.ac.uk

Click here for the bibliography of fieldwork resources:

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Team Members

 

Click here for details of the team members:

TEAM MEMBERS

Acknowledgements: Many thanks for Dr Katia Pizzi and to Institute Manager Cathy Collins for the support they have given this project.