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Workshop: "The Politics of Entering, Leaving, and Doing Justice Alongside Marginalized Populations through Fieldwork"

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Location: R0.03/04 (Ramphal Building)

Postgraduate and Early-Career Scholar Workshop: "Rethinking “The Field”: The Politics of Entering, Leaving, and Doing Justice Alongside Marginalized Populations through Fieldwork", with Dr Z Nicolazzo

Conceptions of ‘the field’ for qualitative researchers are both ambiguous and contested. During this workshop, Dr Nicolazzo will work alongside participants to explore the tensions between the practical dimensions of doing research as a practice of creating knowledge, and the affective dimensions of research, which stem from critical qualitative researchers' intrinsic values for relation, connection, friendship, love, advocacy, and equity. Dr Nicolazzo will share insights ze gleaned from hir 18-month critical collaborative ethnographic study with trans* university students, and will engage workshop participants in thinking about how they as researchers make sense of, interact within, and negotiate ‘entering’ and ‘leaving’ the ‘field’, especially in relation to researching alongside marginalized populations. Participants will work with Dr Nicolazzo to think through their own research in an attempt to address some of the challenges that surface throughout the session.


This session is open to all MA and PhD students and early career scholars (across all disciplines, and including colleagues from other universities). Attendance is free and lunch is provided, but you must register in advance here.


The workshop will take place from 10.30 to 12.30, and lunch will be served from 12.30. You are also very welcome to stay on for the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender "(Not Very Far) Away Day", which will take place in the same room immediately after lunch.


If you have any questions about this workshop, please email Dr Emily F. Henderson (

Biographical information: Dr. Z Nicolazzo is Assistant Professor in the Adult and Higher Education programme and a faculty associate in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, at Northern Illinois University, US. Z gained hir PhD in Student Affairs in Higher Education, with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, from Miami University in 2015, before taking up the post at NIU. Z’s research agenda is focused on mapping gender across higher education contexts, with particular attention to trans* students, as well as the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Z’s book, Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, which details hir 18-month ethnographic research project alongside trans* university students in the United States, is forthcoming from Stylus Publishing (2016).


This workshop is co-organised by the Centre for Education Studies and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, with the support of the Institute of Advanced Study.

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