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Title:Doing fieldwork research in Africa: the importance of everyday encounters: young scholars reflect on fieldwork in Africa
Authors:Faria, Caroline
Good, Ryan Z.
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Sudan
geographical research
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rafg20/31/1
Abstract:This edited series explores the experiences of conducting field-based geographic research in an African setting with a particular focus on the importance of everyday encounters and relationships. As graduate students preparing for fieldwork, scholars spend much time thinking about and planning their research methods, yet it is often only when they begin their work that they realize the ways in which seemingly mundane acts, encounters and events shape and influence the kinds of knowledge they produce. With this mini-special issue the authors aim firstly to make space for the rich and valuable methodological reflections of graduate students who have recently returned from the field. Secondly, they aim to contribute to the well-established work on critical methodologies in Geography and to prompt wider debate, discussion and collaboration within African Geographies in particular. The series includes three pieces: Footing it, or why I walk, by Léonie S. Newhouse (South Sudan); Experiences and ethics of mindful reciprocity while conducting research in sub-Saharan Africa, by Amber L. Pearson and Sarah B. Paige (Uganda); and Finding that 'eureka' moment: the importance of keeping detailed field notes, by Benjamin D. Neimark (Madagascar). Through a focus on movement, mindfulness and the seemingly mundane, they each highlight the ways in which a thoughtful attention to the everyday has enriched their work on the African continent. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]