The Fieldwork in Languages, Cultures and Societies research group supports scholars of languages and related disciplines undertaking research in multilingual and challenging research sites across the globe. Our aim is to help you identify existing skills that can be deployed in the field and develop further knowledge and skills to help when you are both designing projects and conducting fieldwork.
The annual series of seminars Fieldwork in Languages, Cultures and Societies is delivered by a team of researchers with specialist expertise in a broad range of fieldwork contexts. They are predominantly in academic posts at universities across the UK but our team also includes practitioners in related professions with significant fieldwork experience. 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. Please note that the Institute in which the research group is working has changed its name in 2022 from Modern Languages Research (IMLR) to Research in Languages, Cultures and Societies (ILCS). Consequently, documents produced before October 2022 still use our earlier title, Fieldwork in Modern Languages research group.
The seminar programme below is organised by the Fieldwork research group at the ILCS and is delivered within a broader Institute- and School-wide programme open to scholars in a range of disciplines at various stages of their research careers. The School-wide programme is managed by Kremena Velinova.
A booking link is provided for each seminar. All participants need to register in advance of the seminar, and please note that some seminars have restricted numbers. These booking links are published at least a month in advance of seminars. Please contact Dr Naomi Wells if you need any help with booking. For information on the Fieldwork in Languages, Cultures and Societies programme please contact Professor Claire Griffiths, research group chair. We hope you will find the seminar programme of interest and use.
Seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons on Zoom. All details are given in the booking links.
1. Introduction to Fieldwork Methods
Working with and Interviewing Writers, Artists and Filmmakers
Seminar leader: Joe Ford
Wednesday, 22 November 2022, 14:00–15:30
2. Working in the Field: Challenges and Methods
Ethnography and Modern Languages Research
Seminar leaders: Naomi Wells and Ainhoa Montoya
Wednesday, 11 January 2023, 14:00–15:00
Wednesday, 18 January 2023, 14:00–15:00
Conducting Research in Post-Conflict Contexts (postponed to 2023-24)
Seminar leaders: Catherine Gilbert and Ariana Markowitz
Working in the Field: Photographic Methods
Seminar leaders: Tom Martin and Chandra Morrison
Wednesday, 8 March 2023, 13:00–16:00
3. Decolonising Fieldwork: Challenges and Methods
Can Data be Decolonised for Fieldwork
Seminar leaders: Claire Griffiths and Monika Kukolova
Wednesday, 26 April 2023, 14:00–16:00
Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities
Seminar leaders: Kaya Davies Hayon and Fadma Aït Mous
Tuesday, 16 May 2023, 14:00–15:30
Using Local Language and Local Culture in Fieldwork for Social Change
Seminar leader: Fiona de Hoog Cius
Wednesday, 24 May 2023, 14:00–15:30