Becoming Researchers: Negotiating Emotional/Affective Entanglements during the Early Stage of Fieldwork

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Sexuality and Space Specialty Group, Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Wilson C, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Jonghee Caldararo, Kelsey Hanrahan
Chairs: Jonghee Caldararo

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This panel session aims to elucidate emotional/affective entanglements that we as feminist researchers encounter in the field, especially during the early stages of fieldwork. Given that the embodiment of a researcher is a crucial instrument in qualitative research, feminist scholars pay increasing attention to emotional encounters in the field. Building upon and simultaneously extending from this growing emphasis on emotion, this session aims to create a space in which we can critically reflect on each panelist’s research experience, articulating the diverse forces of encounter during initial fieldwork that are experienced bodily. Indeed, although much scholarly attention is paid to emotional experiences throughout fieldwork regarding power dynamics with participants and other authorities, the emotional/affective encounters in the earlier days of fieldwork have been less acknowledged in methodological discussions because we do not usually make solid connections with participants/field at this period. Accordingly, this session will foreground the affective encounters which emerge “out of muddy, unmediated relatedness and not in some dialectical reconciliation of cleanly oppositional elements or primary units” (Seigworth & Gregg, 2010). Reflecting on and sharing our emotional/affective entanglements in the early days of fieldwork can therefore contribute to understanding how we become researchers and how “not-yet” fieldwork becomes fieldwork.


Sponsored by the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group

Organizers: Jonghee Lee Caldararo (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY)

Session Type: Panel Discussion

This session strives to reflectively discover the potential of affective experience in the field in relation to our ever-evolving identities and affirm that emotional/affective entanglements play a crucial role as a palpable indicator of how field and researcher are continuously constituted and negotiated. Topics can include but are not limited to:

• Embodied experiences; emotional/affective encounters during the early period of fieldwork
• Opening the research
• Positionality; becoming a researcher
• Ontology of field/fieldwork
• Making/overcoming boundaries (Cuomo & Massaro, 2016)

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Type Details Minutes
Introduction Jonghee Caldararo University of Kentucky 10
Panelist Kelsey Hanrahan 15
Panelist Dugan Meyer University of Arizona - Geography & Development 15
Panelist Masami Levi National University of Samoa 15
Panelist Carrie Mott Rutgers University 15
Discussant Brittany Cook University of Lousiana at Lafayette 15
Discussant Anna Secor University of Kentucky 15

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