Fieldwork Interrupted: Ethnography, Challenges & Possibilities During COVID and Beyond

When: October 22, 2021 3:00pm

Part of the Fall 2021 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series & CMES Student Professional Development Series

Presented by Hafsa Oubou, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University

Fieldwork is never a certain experience. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the way we have experienced the uncertainty of ethnographic fieldwork. In this talk, I reflect on my fieldwork experience and challenges during the pandemic and beyond. While the uncertainty of conducting fieldwork is not unprecedented, the way the global health crisis has challenged our fieldwork research paved the road for honest questions, alternative methods, and insightful pedagogies about the future of ethnography. In this talk, I share my autoethnographic experience between 2016 and 2021 in Belgium while studying questions of Islam, migration, race, education and Moroccan diaspora in postcolonial Europe. This is an invitation to contemplate the interruption of fieldwork and to imagine the possibilities of ethnography otherwise.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies

This event will be on Zoom. No registration necessary.

Audience: All


Campus: Virtual


United States

Contact info & links


Megan Young Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact: Megan Young