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Kristoffer Rees "Making Sense of it All: Reflections on the Fieldwork and Dissertation-Writing Experience" Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk

Thu, Mar 12, 12:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 004

Kristoffer Rees is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and Central Eurasian Studies at IU, and is currently a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow at Indiana University East, in Richmond Indiana. He will be giving a talk entitled "Making Sense of it All: Reflections on the Fieldwork and Dissertation-Writing Experience" on Thursday, March 12th at noon in Ballantine Hall 004.

"Research can be daunting. Even more daunting can be turning that pile of raw data into a finished product. In this presentation, I will first give an overview of my own “finished product,” an inquiry into the processes of “people-building” in Kazakhstan. Based on quantitative survey research and qualitative interviews, I argue that the Kazakhstani state has been largely effective in constructing a supraethnic Kazakhstani people that reduces that political salience of ethnonational identity. Following this brief presentation, I will discuss some of the challenges I faced and successes I had while conducting survey-based and interview-based fieldwork in Central Asia.  This will be combined with a discussion of the “triage” process for making the data manageable.  The practical suggestions drawn from my own experiences are sure to be useful for anyone considering conducting similar research in the region. "

This is a talk in the Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, designed to allow students to share their research, work, experiences and goals with their peers.