Doing Fieldwork - Lunchtime Series, Trinity 2023

Convenors: Laura Trajber Waisbich and Thiruni Kelegama (CSASP/OSGA)

Fieldwork is an essential part of the kind of research we do in Area Studies. Yet, there are few opportunities for the academic community to exchange on the many issues that involve “going to the field”, from the more basic questions of planning and organising your thoughts and data, to the ethical dilemmas we might encounter on the ground, or even some rather profound questions about  how  fieldwork  shapes  and  re-shapes  our  research  goals  and  objectives,  and  even  our identity as researchers.

This series of informal sessions on Doing Fieldwork is designed for the OSGA-wide academic community  as  a  safe-space  to  exchange  on  a  range  of  issues  related  to  fieldworking:  from planning, being in the field, and its aftermath; to the conceptual, practical and ethical dilemmas entailed by different kinds of fieldwork activities.

This series is conceived as an open, inclusive and supportive space to enable OSGA researchers at different stages of their journey as fieldworkers to exchange ideas, share and learn from each other on how to navigate the many layers of being in the field and to make the best use of this experience in their different research outputs. All are welcome!


Ethics and Positionality May 5, 12.30-13.30 - St. Antony’s, Dahrendorf Room

- Dr. Thiruni Kelegama (on Dealing and Writing about one’s Positionality)

- Dr. Laura Trajber Waisbich (on Dealing with Multiple Positionalities)

- Talia Kollek (DPhil Area Studies) (on Financial Disparities between Researcher and Participants) 


Plan vs. Reality May 12, 12.30-13.30 - St. Antony’s, Dahrendorf Room

- Professor Rachel Murphy (On following a plan, revising your plan, and finding what's there)

- Dr. Evelyn Chan

- Dr. Ankita Pandey


After Fieldwork: back to the office May 19, 12.30-13.30 - St. Antony’s, Dahrendorf Room

- Dr. Anwesha Roy (on Going Through one’s Archival Data)

- Professor Kate Sullivan de Estrada (on How to Use and Cite one’s Interviews)


Convenors: Dr. Laura Trajber Waisbich ( and Dr. Thiruni Kelegama (