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Fieldwork Workshop

Jul 19, 2024 | 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM

Doing Fieldwork in East Asia and Beyond


10:30 Opening

10:45 – 12:15 Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Doing Fieldwork in East Asia

What does the ‘fieldwork’ mean to historians, sociologists, and political scientists?

Chair: Kyonghee Lee (Max Plank Institute for the History of Science)

  1. Yating Zhang (GEAS, Freie Universität Berlin): Limited Opening and Long-term Challenges: How Can Historians Research Contemporary Chinese History?
  2. Xuan Wen (GEAS, Freie Universität Berlin): How to Access the Fields? The Experiences and Skills of Fieldwork in Rural China
  3. Nakako Hattori (GEAS, Freie Universität Berlin): From Interviews to Archives: Unveiling Okinawa's Security Narratives

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:45 Anthropologists’ Fieldwork Experiences 

How do anthropologists explore fields in and beyond East Asia?

Chair: Ben Moeller (University of Oxford)

  1. Jonathan Yainishet (University of Göttingen): Asymptotic Fieldwork: An Approach to the Korean DMZ
  2. Julia C. Roberts (University of Cambridge): Momentum as Method: Reflections on Fieldwork in Japan
  3. Yura Hyeon (GEAS, Freie Universität Berlin): Liquid Fields: Multi-sited Fieldwork, Yemeni Refugees, and a Migrant-native Anthropologist

14:45 – 15:30 Coffee Break (Networking Time)

15:30 – 16:30 Continuing and Connecting Fieldwork 

Fieldwork for the long-term in East Asia, how, and what can be?

Chair: Mio Tamakoshi (WZB, Berlin Social Science Center)

  1. Huy Tran (University of Bielefeld): Conducting Field Research on Queer Communities in Japan/East Asia: Reflection of the Positionality
  2. Zhe Yan (Constructor University Bremen): Entering the Social World of Chinese Nursing Homes: The Dirty Work, the Filial Children, and the Strange Researcher

16:30 – 17:00 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks


Time & Location

Jul 19, 2024 | 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM

Lecture Hall
GEAS, Neuberg Villa, Hittorfstr. 18, 14195 Berlin

Further Information

Yura Hyeon, (GEAS): yura.hyeon[at]fu-berlin.de