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Love, Imps and Gremlins in the Phenomenology of Ethnographic Fieldwork

  • Dr. Jeff Sluka, associate professor at Massey University
Date
Friday 13 May 2022
Time
Explanation
14:00 welcome with coffee and tea. Masterclass starts at 14:15.
Address
Universiteit Utrecht
Janskerkhof 2-3
3512 BK Utrecht
Room
217

Love, Imps and Gremlins in the Phenomenology of Ethnographic Fieldwork


This masterclass will build on the work of sociologist Kurt Wolff to explore some distinctive aspects of ethnographic fieldwork. Drawing on the sociology of knowledge and phenomenology, Wolff introduced and developed the idea of ‘surrender-and-catch’ to encapsulate the twin processes of engagement and reflection. In the seminar, we will focus on ‘cognitive love’ as an advanced qualitative field method, approach or technique and consider the ‘trials of fieldwork love’ represented by mischievous ‘imps’ (questions which “arise unbidden to pose searching, sometimes unwelcome though ultimately productive questions”) and troublesome ‘gremlins’ (unanticipated issues that defy professional/technical preparation and understanding).  

Recommended readings 

Wolff, Kurt 1964 "Surrender and Community Study: The Study of Loma." In A.J. Vidich, J. Bensman & M.R. Stein (eds.), Reflections on Community Studies. Wiley. New York.  
 
Whitaker, Morwenna & Atkinson, Paul 2019 "Surrender, Catch, and the Imp of Fieldwork." Qualitative Inquiry, 25:9-10, 936-944. 

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The NESA masterclasses are for all Cultural Anthropology PhD students from Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboud University and Leiden University. Please register online: https://www.formdesk.com/universiteitleiden/NESA_Masterclass_May_13 If you have any questions in the meantime please send an email to Gemma van der Wal at nesa@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

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