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Spatial Ethnographic Research Design Workshop
December 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Thanks to everyone who indicated their interest and availability for the spatial ethnographic research design workshop. Based on the consensus, it will be held in Room 21 (ten Hoor) on Friday December 4th from 9-10:30. Even if you didn’t sign up via the Doodle Poll please join us if you can!
Constructing Spatial Ethnographic Research Design
Well-formulated research questions are the cornerstone of rigorous research design. While most research questions can have either aspatial or spatial formulations, constructing them within a spatial context provides possibility for insights to arise concerning the mediating influence of geographic and temporal contexts, which are frequently important variables. This workshop challenges participants to think about their research topic or field-site, and identify geographically interesting or significant aspects of it. For example, the question“How have agricultural practices changed over time” be expanded to explore “How have agricultural practices changed along with the geographic movements of people”. During this 1.5 hour workshop, participants will gain an introductory understanding of 1) what are the primary characteristics of spatially informed research questions; 2) what are the main methodological approaches for gathering spatially-explicit ethnographic data; 3) how can already collected data be made spatial; and 4) how to begin analyzing spatial data. Following this overview, an open discussion will allow participants to work on spatializing their research questions and overall design. By turning interesting observations into spatially-informed questions, scholars will leave the workshop with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to spatially enrich their data collection, analyses, and ultimately, conclusions.