[Taxacom] challenges in international fieldwork

Philip Cantino cantino at ohiou.edu
Mon Dec 15 20:23:03 CST 2008

I am forwarding a message from Gillian Ice, who is working on a book 
about challenges in international fieldwork.  He is trying to gather 
stories of people's experiences, as explained in his message.  If you 
have information that would be useful, please contact him directly at 
the email address listed below.

Phil Cantino

>From: "Ice, Gillian" <ice at oucom.ohiou.edu>
>Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:46:36 -0500
>Call for Disasters in the Field Submissions
>Have you ever had essential equipment fail when you are in the 
>middle of the jungle?  A difficult student?  Research permission 
>revoked in the middle of the project?  Been struck by lightning? 
>Dropped your camcorder in a river? We need your stories about 
>challenges in field research.  We all know that the old adage, "what 
>can go wrong, will go wrong" often holds true when we do 
>international field research.  However, we all find creative ways of 
>working around these potential disasters.  We are working on a book 
>titled, Disasters in the Field: Preparing for and Coping with 
>Unexpected Events to be published by Altamira Press.  The purpose is 
>to present students and researchers with an overview of problems 
>associated with doing international fieldwork-to provide them with 
>practical suggestions that will help them prepare for the field and 
>minimize the impact of unexpected events.  We're going to use real 
>stories to make these issues come to life.  If you have a story 
>about any of the topics below, please consider submitting it. 
>Stories are 200-1000 words and will be incorporated into chapters. 
>You have the option of being credited with the submission or 
>requesting that it be anonymous.  Please contact Gillian Ice and 
>Darna Dufour at field.disasters at oucom.ohiou.edu if you are 
>interested.  We'll provide you with guidelines and deadlines.
>Equipment failure, loss, confiscation
>Data loss
>Cultural misunderstandings that disrupt research
>Corruption, crime, political unrest that impacts research
>Health Emergencies
>Issues with participant recruitment and/or retention
>Student issues
>Cultural or personal events that disrupt research
>Family issues
>Other potential disasters not listed here are also welcome
>Gillian H. Ice, Ph.D., M.P.H.
>Associate Professor
>Department of Social Medicine and Director of International Programs
>Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
>309 Grosvenor Hall
>Athens, OH 45701
>740-593-1730 (fax)
>iceg at ohio.edu

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