Cross-Disciplinary Graduate Student Workshop on Fieldwork

This workshop is designed for (under)graduate students and faculty across disciplines who plan to engage in or have recently started to engage in fieldwork-based research. The goals of the workshop are (i) to explore and exchange ideas about practical issues of doing fieldwork, and (ii) to continue building a community of fieldworkers on the OSU campus.

The topics of this year's workshop are (i) making and sustaining contacts in the field, (ii) fieldwork in different kinds of communities, and (iii) the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The program includes a plenary talk by Mark Moritz on a long-term perspective on fieldwork, a set of round-table discussions led by researchers working with/in different kinds of communities, and a panel discussion with two representatives of the IRB. Please see below for details about the program.

This year's workshop follows up on conversations about the challenges and rewards of doing fieldwork we had during last year's fieldwork workshop. This workshop was attended by students and faculty from 18 different departments on campus. Please join us this year for what promises to be a morning of stories and guidance for researchers from many disciplines!

The workshop will take place on May 9, 2009 in Jennings Hall (see the program for room details).

The workshop is free! If you plan to attend all or part if, please RSVP to Cynthia Clopper (clopper.1 AT osu DOT edu) by April 27, 2009, so that we can plan breakfast and lunch accordingly.

Program (all events in Jennings Hall):

  • 8:30-9am: Breakfast and welcome (room 160)

  • 9-10am: Talk by Mark Moritz (Department of Anthropology)
    Fieldwork in multiple communities: a long-term perspective (room 155)

  • 10-10:15am: Coffee break (room 160)

  • 10:15-11:15am: Breakout sessions (in separate rooms)
    • Leslie Moore (School of Teaching and Learning): Fieldwork, outreach, & engagement: Examining the joys & challenges of doing good while doing science, room 140.
      (see FAQ about outreach and engagement)
    • Ray Cashman (Department of English, Center for Folklore Studies): Working relationships in the field: Cases for and against friendship, room 155.
    • Kim Kiehl (Center for Science and Industry (COSI)): The "Field" Museum, room 136.
    • Ron Emoff (School of Music, Department of Anthropology): Disequilibrium, Compensation, and Seeking Truth in the Field, room 164.

  • 11:15-11:30am: Coffee break (room 160)

  • 11:30-12:30pm: Institutional Review Board (IRB) panel with Cheri Pettey and Shari Speer (room 155); handout on Human Subjects Research at OSU by Cheri Pettey of the ORRP (please print for Saturday if you are interested, no print-outs will be available at the workshop).

  • 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch and continued discussion (room 160)
This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics Targeted Investment for Excellence Initiative.