Working Session: Women and Fieldwork
Organizers: Barbara Andersen, Chelsea Wentworth, Fele Uperesa
Attendees/participants: Barbara Andersen, Chelsea Wentworth, Lila Moosad, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Veronica Miranda, Maggie Cummings, Makiko Nishitani, Mary Good, Deborah Gewertz, Mary Spencer, Helen Lee, Alexis Tucker Sade
The second year of the Women & Fieldwork session was originally planned to be a working session where papers discussed last year in Kauai would be developed further. However, no papers were received so we decided to have an open-ended discussion about why the session may be needed and where it will go in the future. Participants discussed gendered aspects of fieldwork such as assault and harassment, menstruation, sexual and romantic relationships, pregnancy and childbirth, collaborative research, fictive kinship in the field, mentoring, ethnicity and indigeniety, career pressures, and experiences of confinement.
Barbara and Chelsea mentioned that they were not interested in continuing to organise the session next year in Auckland, but encouraged other people who might be interested in building on the discussion to take up the reins. In lieu of a traditional publication, the possibility of a blog or blog post series dedicated to gendered aspects of fieldwork was suggested, and some participants indicated that they would be interested in writing short blog pieces. Fele Uperesa has indicated that she may be interested in organising a blog series some time in the future.
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>.