🎙 Fieldnotes Podcast Episode 15: Rethinking the ‘field’ in Fieldwork with Hannah Gibson

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This was another great episode with Hannah Gibson, who talks about her research on Rangi, a Bantu language, as well as the important topic of what we mean when we say “fieldwork”.

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I enjoyed this episode and have had quite a few discussions with students and other “fieldworkers” about the exoticification of “fieldwork”. The stereotype that it’s only “real fieldwork” if it’s third-world or at least very far away from home. I share Hannah’s sentiment and try not to use fieldwork when talking about my own trips to New Guinea, but do use fieldwork when talking about “non-canonical” fieldwork to try and even it out. Right now, I’m setting up my lab (mostly drawing students interested in language data collection, documentation, description, and diversity) and I’m thinking of playing in the “D” theme instead of the obvious “fieldwork lab” choice.