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On this blog I am sharing somehow noteworthy incidences or thoughts that have their origin in my research experiences. My observations should be seen as complementary to the perfectly drafted, smooth and straightforward appearance of fieldwork in academic publications which usually have little room for the small everyday stuff that leaves the researcher in excitement, awe, consternation or sometimes even anger. A quick note: Doing fieldwork doesn’t mean I’m into agriculture (as a customs officer at the airport once assumed who found this expression very confusing) – I am a social scientist with training in sociology and anthropology. Here’s the official stuff: Uni KN website
In January 2013 I started my PhD project at the University of Constance, a small university beautifully located at the Lake Constance in the very south of Germany which chances are likely you’ve never heard of. In my project I am taking a closer look at domestic violence counselling and support services in urban South Africa. Believe me, I have already told this line about a thousand times over and as it turns out, it makes for a pretty good mood killer at any social gathering. Despite the admittedly rather depressing subject I am dealing with, I actually enjoy my research project – and most of it, the fieldwork, of course. It allows me to meet interesting, passionate and inspiring people from very different professional areas. Sometimes doing fieldwork means taking a look through the keyhole, other times it means getting the chance to become a part of other people’s’ reality – a reality which in some aspects might differ a lot from mine but at the same time might be astonishingly similar in others.
This should give you a small idea of what this blog is about. If you like to, please discuss, comment, question, add, criticize, whatever you feel like, it’s appreciated.
For more information regarding the name of this wonderful blog, please check out the first post. Enjoy.