Amita Vempati, MA/MPA student in Central Eurasian Studies and School of Public Enviornmental Affairs, will be giving a talk entitled "It's Not Fieldwork, It's Working...in The Field" on Thursday March 13th, from 11:30 to 12:30 at Ballantine Hall 004.
"As budding scholars in regional studies, it is important to note the ways we contextualize our research at home and abroad. Fieldwork is often conducted with an agenda, which, granted, is especially important in later stages of research. But this approach to studying abroad highly underemphasizes the value of working and exploring a culture outside of said agenda. In this talk, I compare my research foci from before and after my time directing summer camps in Tajikistan. Ultimately, I hope to not only present some outlines on my research in post-Soviet identity politics but also reasons why we as academics should actively seek non-academic opportunities to explore our regions of interest."
This is a talk in the new Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, designed to allow students to share their research, work, experiences and goals with their peers.