New Proposed Sessions
Informal Session: Women Fieldworkers
The Women and Fieldwork session will continue next year as a working session. We had a wonderful turnout with about 35 people attending, 11 papers were presented, and Paige West served as a discussant for our session. In addition to those who participated in Kauaʻi and via Skype, several people shared their thoughts and comments with us via email and in person, indicating that the session is both timely and important. Participants discussed women as fieldworkers in two realms—women in the field of academic anthropology and women conducing field research. We will work over the next year with participants to develop papers that address
both of these realms, and include more robust reflections on intersectionality as race, class, age, body image, indigeneity, and politics play a critical role in how we experience both field research and work in the field of anthropology. The papers offer critical reflections on authority, female bodies, and mentoring young men and women who are entering these various social worlds we
As we proceed, we welcome new participants who are interested in contributing papers that address these themes. We hope to offer some feedback and work on development of the papers in advance of the meetings in New Orleans in 2018. If you are interested in joining the session and contributing a paper, please email us.
Barbara Andersen, Massey University <B.Andersen1@massey.ac.nz>, Chelsea Wentworth, High Point University <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Fele Uperesa, University of California–Berkeley <email@example.com>.