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“Field Notes” for Fall 2016 Issue of Sectors

Posted: 10/6/2016 (Conference)

Advanced graduate students are invited to submit short reflective articles about their field research for the Fall 2016 issue of Sectors. Articles may address the implications of the research for the field of international development. Alternatively, pieces may reflect upon particular aspects of field research, such as the author’s positionality, the field site, or methodological choices and challenges. Below are some suggestions for questions that may guide your writing:

  • In this research context, what is the meaning of development: international, grassroots and/or local development? How is international development influenced by local actors, and vice versa? What are the barriers to development in this research context?
  • What are some of the challenges associated with doing research at this particular research context or site(s)? What are some ethical and logistical dilemmas that you had to resolve?
  • How has the data collection process been shaped by your own positionality, methods, data sources, choice of language for data collection and analysis, etc.?
  • How did axes of power—race/ethnicity, class, gender, citizenship, sexual orientation, and abilities—shape the data collection process and in turn your understanding of how those axes of power shape development outcomes?
  • How might this research be used to inform development coursework for graduate and/or undergraduate students?

Interested section members should be in the field or recently returned from the field, either in the U.S. or abroad. Please follow the following guidelines:

  • 500-600 words (not including references)
  • If references are used, list them using ASA or APA format.
  • Photos are welcome, with permission from photographer and subjects.
  • Articles must be submitted as Word documents or copy-pasted into the email body.
  • Include an accompanying one-to-two sentence biography to accompany the article, including current affiliation and title.

Submissions may be edited for grammar, syntax, and spelling errors. The submission deadline is October 31st, 2016.

Please send to Sectors’ co-editors, Svetla Dimitrova and Kelly Birch Maginot, at The Fall 2016 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in early December.

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Deadline: 10/31/2016