Field research in the contexts of conflicts, disasters, severe poverty, and marginalization entails being continually exposed to the daily life struggles and suffering of our research participants. Fieldwork in such environments involves emotional experiences on the part of respondents, but at the same time, such occurrences also impact the researchers. We discuss three instances in this piece: 1) how the emotions of the research participants impact qualitative research; 2) how researchers are affected by emotions during the practice; and 3) the strategies in handling such situations.
Welcome to the (Silent) Voices blog. The blog posts are a continuation of the discussions initiated during the workshop on a variety of topics related to fieldwork and transnational intercultural collaborations. The aim of this blog is to gain insight in the different aspects of research collaboration and to keep the conversation going. While in the first place providing a forum to the participants of the workshop, we also welcome guest contributions on topics that speak to the methods and ethics of research collaboration.
The Bukavu Series online exhibition explores the power dynamics between researchers from the Global North and the Global South. The Series is a visual extension of the Silent Voices Blog: Bukavu Series.
In a refugee camp, carrying out research is most important. As refugee residents, we feel there is much to be improved about the conditions in which we have to live, and research is one of the avenues through which we can indirectly raise our voice to attempt to change things.