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Handbook for Preliminary Dissertation Fieldwork: A Practical Guide for the International Student Researcher

Lafferty Hall Rm. 213
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Kevin Talbert, Applied MA candidate

With support from a Susan Abbott-Jamieson Award, Kevin Talbert spent Summer, 2013, conducting preliminary fieldwork in Tanzania.  This practicum report is designed to be a handbook for any Anthropology graduate students conducting field research abroad, but It will be of interest to graduate students and other researchers conducting field research, especially internationally, for the first time.  The presentation covers such topics as entering the field, locating an appropriate field site, seeking local institutional affiliations, the research permit process, etc.  This roundtable is designed to be useful for anyone seeking to embark on first fieldwork, not just in Africa but elsewhere as well.  It focuses especially on the preliminary fieldwork stage in preparation for a longer, PhD fieldwork length immersion later.