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How Do You Prefer Your Eggs?

How Do You Prefer Your Eggs?

As a [Turkish] woman in my early thirties, I have realized that I am becoming more and more “exposed” to thoughts, conversations, advice and even warnings concerning reproduction and having a child. Conducting my dissertation fieldwork in IVF clinics definitely contributes to this exposure. Somehow, my interviews and/or conversations with women undergoing IVF to have a child in their thirties or forties often take the form of women cautiously advising me (as a 32-year-old, unmarried, doctoral student – a.k.a., a “career woman”) to get married and have a child before it’s too late. In a way, the women’s admonishment implies, […]

Light Fieldwork: Lytro Cameras, Open Research & the Partial

Light Fieldwork: Lytro Cameras, Open Research & the Partial

Lytro markets the images from its light field cameras as “living pictures.” This makes me think of the magical portraits from Harry Potter, their subjects managing door security and popping from frame to frame. (Not the photographs. Harry Potter photographs are pretty much anigifs.) “Living picture” is certainly evocative marketspeak, but it obscures what a fascinating methodological tool light field images can be—and the fresh questions about openness and participation in research such cameras provoke. The following images were taken in Japan during the summer of 2013 with a first generation Lytro camera. They’re products of my first explorations with […]

Supplementary Tips (prior to fieldwork)

Supplementary Tips (prior to fieldwork)

My disclaimer: many of you are probably more organized than me, and maybe less foolhardy. 1. Prepare the logistics of oh-so-boring but necessary things to keep you healthy and safe preferably before you embark on your fieldwork. Everyone talks about setting up your fieldwork to make it viable, and that’s important. But there’s something many of you might overlook. I did. Healthcare. Ah yes, most of us are unlikely to consider it, given that the worse we get down with is a flu/cough. As Amah said, no prizes for getting mono…and it’ll set you back financially, research time wise, and […]

5 Tips for Surviving Your Fieldwork Year

5 Tips for Surviving Your Fieldwork Year

Disclaimer: my fieldwork is all outside of the US, and primarily ethnographic. Staying local or doing archival research are bound to come with their own, unique demands. And/or you may be a better-adjusted individual than I am, and have had totally different experiences. So please do us all a favor and supplement this post with your own tips and tidbits on how to make your advisor proud and do fieldwork year right.   So you’ve survived your general exams. The dissertation proposal is done (well, almost…), and you’re finally ready to get out there and do what it is you came […]