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Photo Exhibit Opening: "In the Field/At Home: Considering the complex meanings of fieldwork and home for ethnographers at work."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
12:00 AM
211 West Hall

Grad student Vanessa Diaz will be displaying photos of her peers doing fieldwork in a series called, "In the Field/At Home: Considering the complex meanings of fieldwork and home for ethnographers at work." The exhibit will open on Wednesday October 5th, 2011 from 4-6pm in the Titiev Library (211 West Hall),
Grad student Vanessa Diaz will be displaying photos of her peers doing fieldwork in a series called, "In the Field/At Home: Considering the complex meanings of fieldwork and home for ethnographers at work." The exhibit will open on Wednesday October 5th, 2011 from 4-6pm in the Titiev Library (211 West Hall), and Ms. Diaz will be on hand to discuss her work. The exhibit will then remain on display in the hallway outside the Titiev Library through October 19th, 2011. The photos and travel were sponsored by the McKinnel Memorial Award, which was established in honor of U of M Art & Design alumna Kelly McKinnell. In the Field/At Home: Considering the complex meanings of fieldwork and home for ethnographers at work These photos are a glimpse into life in the various countries represented here, but also a glimpse into the life of these diverse University of Michigan graduate students who are having distinct fieldwork experiences that are deeply particular to their local contexts and their relationships to their fieldsites. The photos are of the ethnographers living daily life and engaging in their ethnographic research. As a student currently engaged in research in the US, my visits to these various locations at the midpoint of my fieldwork gave me a window into the dramatically different fieldsites my peers are working in, as well as a refreshed perspective on the notion of fieldwork and its multiple and complex meanings and manifestations. Also as someone working “at home” in the US, it was fascinating to explore the levels of comfort and how “at home” my peers felt in their respective research sites.