Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

12-03 Fieldwork in Crisis: Conversations and Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, October 18, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Chair: Sarah B. Craycraft (The Ohio State University)

Forum participants:

Sarah  Birns (George Mason University)

Teo Rogers (George Mason University)

Sarah Tiberio Shultz (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Sydney  Varajon ()

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth (The Ohio State University)

The COVID-19 pandemic presented affordances and challenges to fieldworkers by not only requiring alternatives to the face-to-face encounter, but deeming such interaction ethically unwise. This forum reflects on the fieldwork situation created by the pandemic and the questions that remain as we emerge from a period of collective distancing. Drawing on six perspectives of on-the-ground fieldwork, panelists will report on the impact of this crisis to their research and highlight topics for discussion with audience members: transitioning to virtual ethnography, navigating the ethics of fieldwork, reflecting on relationship building, and exploring how virtual methods shape the production of knowledge.