Positionality, gender & fieldwork I: An intercampus dialogue on institutional practices and fieldwork experiences

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Graduate Student Affinity Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Iberville, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Eleanor Stephenson, Lauren Wustenberg, Kalli Doubleday
Chairs: Lauren Wustenberg


This panel brings together female PhD candidates in geography who conduct fieldwork across Asia, South America, Africa, and North America employing a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. This panel continues a discussion started in 2016 on conducting geographic fieldwork as a solo female graduate researcher, with a renewed focus on student preparedness for field research and institutional support. Topics of discussion will include: power dynamics and interpersonal relations in the field, safety and wellbeing, navigating gender dynamics in cross-cultural contexts, and fieldwork preparation and training. While the focus of the panel is on gender, the discussion will explore questions of positionality more broadly, examining how our identities shape our research experiences, and ways in which positionality and power can/should be accounted for in fieldwork and training. Overall, the purpose of the panel is to support female graduate students to exchange ideas and draw from one another's experience. The conversation is meant to be inclusive of diverse fieldwork experiences, institutional backgrounds, and levels of expertise. The session will also explore how home institutions, graduate programs, and supervisors can support graduate student preparation for fieldwork, creating space for intercampus dialogue and exchange.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Kathryn Walsh Montana State University 15
Panelist Sarah Tynen University of Colorado 15
Panelist Dacia Douhaibi York University 15
Panelist Ritwika Biswas Temple University 15
Panelist Dominica Whitesell University of Texas - Austin 15
Discussant Eleanor Stephenson McGill University 15

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