The UNM Conference on Fieldwork was an interdisciplinary event, held on April 21st & 22nd, 2016 at Zimmerman Library, on the main campus of the University of New Mexico.
The theme of the conference was: Conducting Fieldwork Under Complicated Circumstances.
Organized by two graduate students from the political science department, Anna Calasanti and Fiorella Vera-Adrianzén, the goal of this conference was to bring together faculty and graduate students from across UNM with an interest in improving approaches to fieldwork, particularly in situations where research is made more more difficult due to complicated circumstances. We defined "complicated circumstances" as anything that increases the level of risk for either the research subjects or the researcher. This could mean research involving vulnerable populations, fieldwork in areas where there is violence or state fragility, or any set of circumstances that heightens the ethical and moral considerations of the research project.
The conference also included a special panel on immigration and health, roundtable discussions of experiences and best practices across disciplines, and several panels of graduate student proposals, where each fieldwork proposal was workshopped collectively. There were also numerous opportunities for participants to mingle with students and faculty from a range of disciplines, which we hope will provide a platform for interdisciplinary cooperation, and future research.
For more information, please visit the original conference site here.