Category Fieldwork

Sex (Got Your Attention) with ‘Mystery Relatives’

A story has just broken about research into our ancestors and where our DNA comes from.  This explains the science and the methodology far better than I can.  But what particularly interests me is that this idea of a mystery ancestor providing us with a portion of our DNA may be seen as overlapping with longstanding […]

A Little Experiment

I’ve been experimenting with hosting some of my teaching papers and my essays on Academia.edu, here. I’m curious to see what sort of numbers I will get and what papers are more interesting to viewers. I’m not posting anything that I am currently working on or about to turn into a more formal paper, but […]

#Ilovehashtags

In a moment of serendipitous coincidence I had just decided to write something about hashtags and Twitter when my cousin posted this video on Facebook of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake showing us how dumb we sound when we use hashtags. To some extent I agree with my good friends J and J, using too […]

In Which the Author Does Some MORE Fieldwork

I attended another Mind Body ‘Soul’ Fair this weekend in Peterborough and did the same freelisting exercise as in my last fieldwork post.  Here are some of my thoughts and initial findings from this work: 1. This event was held in a conference hall on a showground and was a good ten to fifteen minutes […]

In Which the Author Does Some Fieldwork…

I went to a ‘Mind Body Spirit Fayre’ on Saturday in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. I’m going to use this space to write up some thoughts and issues with this bit of fieldwork.  This is a bit stream of consciousness-y but bear with me! 1. This wasnt an ‘Indigo event’ but a more general holistic/New Age/Spiritual […]

I love Excel… no seriously

This morning I am updating my makeshift database of contacts.  At the moment I am in (ir)regular contact with almost 60 possible interviewees with various pseudonyms, skype aliases, and e-mail names – who live all around the world.  I’m organising face to face interviews, skype interviews with time differences, e-mail conversations, and sending out surveys.  […]

Looking back… Fieldwork Interviews and Noisy Neighbours

While the tiny Tazmanian Devil I live with sleeps I’ve just been quickly uploading the last interview I did to a safer location than my dictaphone. One theme I notice with my interviews so far (a massive 5 done already! ummm… only another 35 to do according to my supervisor) is location.  Noisy coffee shops […]