Hall Center For The Humanities


Laura Dean
Political Science/Women Gender & Sexuality Studies

"Performing Fieldwork in Authoritarian and Democratic States"
Workshops : Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop

Tue., Oct. 29, 2013, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Open to graduate students only. Lunch provided. RSVP required by October 22 to hallcenter@ku.edu.
Location: Hall Center Seminar Room

Conducting research in a foreign country can be challenging on its own but performing this research in a non-democratic country presents its own obstacles and challenges. In this presentation, Dean will discuss the differences between conducting fieldwork in authoritarian and democratic countries. She will examine different approaches to conducting this research, how to organize your fieldwork, and ways to keep your information and data safe. Dean will rely on her experiences with archival research, interviews, and ethnographic participant observation from the 15 months of fieldwork she conducted for her dissertation in Russia, Ukraine, and Latvia.

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