Asia Research Network, Workshop on Research in Contemporary Asia: in the Field and in the Disciplines

When:12 Sep 2013, 11:30am - 2pm
Venue:Room 119, Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington
Who:Asia Research Network
Datong Fieldwork

What is fieldwork and who does it? Why is it necessary and what are its limitations? The panel represents research practices ranging from social studies, policy studies, empirical humanities and anthropology, and discusses both the precepts and the expectations within which field work is designed and implemented. The researchers are all closely engaged with specific Asian subject matters and population groups, although their work may be of relevance and import to both regional (pan-Asian) and global questions and problems. We will bring issues of access, ethics, researcher-status, language and politics to this roundtable, seeking to cross-reference and compare experiences, best practice and protocols.

Featured presentations:

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Presenter and Chair

(School of Humanities and Languages UNSW)

This presentation will discuss incommensurability between actors in the field, with special reference to the Paiwand Film Club. (2013)

Katrina Moore (School of Social Sciences UNSW)

This paper is a reflection on the experiences of conducting extended fieldwork and the challenges of sustaining a critical distance from those whom we study, come to respect, and sometimes even to like.

Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney)

Xiaoyuan Shang and Karen Fisher (Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW)

This presentation will discuss how to conduct fieldwork in China successfully.

Registration: Attendance is free but places at the workshop are limited. To attend please register with the School of Humanities & Languages by email by Monday 9 September.


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Image: Oct 2008, fieldwork in Datong “foster Mother village”, Shang, and students from Beijing Normal University interviewing foster parents for child with disabilities research.