Researching post-conflict societies presents researchers with a unique set of ethical problems that institutional ethics procedures struggle to include in their frameworks. Scholars, especially inexperienced scholars, are often sent into the field without appropriate measures in place to prevent harm from occurring to their research participants, to the societies they are researching, and to the researchers themselves. The dichotomous nature of ethics procedures, which construct ethical considerations as a static pass/fail test, do not appropriately take into account the multiplicity of harms we can cause, the harms we can suffer, and the harms that are left behind in the field.
Once upon a time, we all learned that research process starts with brainstorming. However, at that very first moment when we start our first academic writing, we realize that in reality there are many “sunny days” prior to the “stormy days”. I am about to show you how “drawing guide” might be helpful in invoking “clouds” as a prerequisites for “storm”. Moreover, “drawing guide” might be very useful in further designing and structuring.
by David Brown 31.05.2016 This contribution aims to reflect briefly on some of the questions and challenges that arise when researchers prepare for ethnographic field-research (Hammersley and Atkinson 2007). My general research focuses on the intersection(s) of visual culture, protest, and football fans. My field research (in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina) still lies ahead, and... Continue Reading →