On transitions, change and continuity…

This time five years ago I was busy drafting job descriptions for the recruitment of those strangers that would eventual make up the wonderful team of colleagues that have been […]

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Photo/stories from the field: portrait of an ethnographer

Christos Varvantakis and Melissa Nolas explore what it means to be an ethnographer and do ethnographic research, highlighting the value of play as a research method

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Photo/stories from the field: inside out

Melissa Nolas shares an extract from her fieldnotes, where a reaction to a sarong in a window emblematizes the boundary work in ethnographic research

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Photo/stories from the field: do you obey your husband?

Melissa Nolas describes research encounters on the thresholds: fleeting feelings, conversations, and experiences on the way out the door

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Photo/stories from the field: encountering emotions in the field

Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores messy emotions in everyday life, and calls for a new framework to recognise the value of emotion and affect in research

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Photo/stories from the field: the traffic, fear, and the city

Vinnarasan Aruldoss reflects on how children’s experiences of public places impact everyday life, play, visiting friends, and navigating neighbourhoods

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Photo/stories from the field: lunch encounters and ethnographic distractions

Food, a full plate of memory, and an anthropology of not paying attention: Christos Varvantakis explores the materiality of food in research settings.

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Photo/stories from the field: those books of fieldwork and parenting you know don’t exist

Melissa Nolas explores some of the emotionality in fieldwork relationships of care and concern between researchers and participants

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Photo/stories from the field: the curtain as a signifier of ‘private’ and ‘public’ in the research space

Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores the ways participants create symbolically private and public spaces through material practices

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Photo/stories from the field: postcards and polaroids

Melissa Nolas describes the use of postcards and polaroids as a cultural intervention to challenge the dominant cultural narratives of childhood

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