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April 11, 2024

While the social sciences have produced a multitude of resources for conducting fieldwork under difficult and dangerous conditions (e.g. in warzones, in the aftermath of conflict, among dissident communities, etc.) far fewer resources address the subject of how to deal with field closure. As researchers have navigated the spread of a global pandemic, the outbreak of multiple wars, and a rising tide of authoritarianism over the last several years, field closure has become a reality for many in the social sciences—one that poses new and difficult questions about the cost of access, ethical obligations in research, and how to develop a set of best practices for times when the door to field sites shuts. Our panel seeks to start a conversation among researchers—one that addresses these difficulties and offers suggestions to those pursuing fieldwork without the field.

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  • Jessica Pisano, New School for Social Research, US
  • David Tobin, U of Sheffield, UK
  • Marnie Howlett, U of Oxford, UK

Organized and moderated by David Stroup, Manchester U, UK