Tuesday, October 05, 2010

A Word from Our Sponsors

A very overdue---and likely very long---update is forthcoming. In the meantime, for those who are interested, I have a mailing address:

c/o Young Voices
PO Box 30010
Chichiri Blantyre
Malawi
PH: 0991746546

You need to include the phone number so the post office will call and let me know that I have mail. Or just tell me that you've sent something so I know to start checking for it.

The address is good for things sent by early December.

Also, for my fellow fieldworkers and future fieldworkers, a book recommendation: Improvising Theory: Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork by Allaine Cerwonka and Liisa Malkki. Skim the first chapter---it's mostly a poli sci grad student making the shocking revelation that ethnography is a valuable method. But the bulk of the book is an e-mail exchange between a student in the field (Cerwonka) and her adviser (Malkki) about all the vagaries of fieldwork: how to choose a field site, who makes a good informant, what to include in fieldnotes, etc. I've found reading the exchange hugely helpful---both in answering my own questions about fieldwork (seeing as my own committee is ignoring me) and in reassuring myself that I'm not a total failure at fieldwork (e.g., it's not unusual to spend the first few months just trying to locate and settle into a site).

Stay tuned for a massive round up of a month's worth of ups and downs.

5 Comments:

At 3:51 AM , Blogger SK said...

Very glad to see you are still blogging. I guess I stopped reading everything when life got really crazy and I never remembered to check back.

Also glad that you don't have malaria. Take care!

 
At 3:16 PM , Blogger Charitie said...

I am a bit confused by the above person's comment about malaria. You thought you had malaria? My facebook diet is probably to blame for me not knowing about this.

I was lectured today for not emailing you (ok, not lectured exactly)-- if I had something, anything, to tell you about, I would certainly well, tell you. But life is boring and bland and non-productive.

Can't wait to read about your latest adventures!

 
At 10:22 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Charitie: I had a really bad cold/flu-type thing. Bad enough that I went to get checked for malaria because I had all the symptoms (except for chills). But 'twas just a cold.

And J. wasn't supposed to lecture you! I wrote to her to check that my e-mail was working because I had written to a whole bunch of folks and nobody wrote back.

 
At 8:50 PM , Blogger Jessica Mason said...

OMG, I did not lecture! Don't believe a word Charitie says!

 
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