Working Session: Women and Fieldwork
The Women and Fieldwork session will continue in 2018 as a working session. We had a wonderful turnout in 2017 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 Kauai and via Skype, several people shared their thoughts and comments with us via email and in per- son, 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 pa- pers 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 men- toring young men and women who are entering these various social worlds we inhabit.
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>.