GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP ON FIELD RESEARCH ON SRI LANKA

Parlour Room 638

Note: This is a CLOSED session. Attendance is by acceptance/invite only. 

This closed workshop is for five graduate students who anticipate doing fieldwork in Sri Lanka or who have returned from the field and are engaged in analyzing and writing about their data. It is focused on fieldwork methods such as semi-structured interviews; observation or participant-observation; participatory action research; surveys; and visual and other digital technologies. Each student will present his or her project to the group, along with questions or concerns about the project for the group to discuss. The issues may range from the theoretical to the methodological to the practical: e.g., methodological issues in gathering data; key resources in the literature; analytic/interpretive methods; strategies for presenting the written report; and ethical matters vis à vis the IRB review, in the field, or regarding the written (or visual) product. Session members will also help one another strategize about practical matters –for example, the feasibility of research questions or particular procedures; selecting and gaining access to a research site; locating key informants; and identifying local scholars with shared interests. Mythri Jegathesan, Jeanne Marecek, and Dennis McGilvray will facilitate the session.


Schedule:

7:30 am - 8:30 am       Coffee and light breakfast  (provided by the South Asia Conference).

8:45 am - 10:00 am     Student presentations

10:00 am - 10:15 am   Coffee break

10:15 am - 12:45 pm   Student presentations                                       

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm     LUNCH on your own (Lunch buffet available at conference. Log in to purchase ticket.)

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm       Student presentations                                                                           

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm       Coffee break                
                       

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm      
Wrap up

5.30 pm - 6.30 pm        Reception for participants in all preconferences


FOR YOUR OWN REFERENCE, HERE IS THE LIST OF ALL PARTICIPANTS:

 

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

 

Mythri Jegathesan                             Asst. Prof. of Anthropology              Hill Country Tamil
mjegathesan@scu.edu
                       Santa Clara University                      gender, labor, politics

 

Jeanne Marecek                                 Prof. of Psychology, emerita             Southern Sinhala   jmarece1@swarthmore.edu             Swarthmore College                           gender, suicide

 

Dennis McGilvray                              Prof. of Anthropology, emeritus      Tamil & Muslim dennis.mcgilvray@colorado.edu    University of Colorado, Boulder      family, caste, religion

 

 

WORKSHOP MEMBERS

 

Christopher Neubert                         Geography MA student                     Biopolitical regimes
neubertc@live.unc.edu
                    UNC Chapel Hill                                 on tea plantations

 

S. Pathmanesan                                 Anthropology PhD student               Jaffna Hindu temple
spsa223@g.uky.edu
                         Univ. of Kentucky                               rituals & politics

 

Dinidu Karunanayake                      English Literature PhD student      Performance artists
priyankp@miamioh.edu
                  Miami Univ. of Ohio                         and social memory


Thursica Kovinthan                          Education PhD student                    Citizenship education
tkovi018@uottawa.ca
                      Univ. of Ottawa                                  in post-war Sri Lanka

 

Dominic Esler                                   Anthropology PhD student               Agriculture & society
dominic.esler.11@ucl.ac.uk
              University