ENDANGERED FIELDWORK:11.30 Dr Salma Siddique Throwing Shade: Reflection on self in anthropological fieldwork

  • Salma Siddique (Participant)

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The core work of long-term fieldwork by social anthropology is facing reconfigurations through regulatory frameworks of control through the vocabulary of protection and monitoring of the ethnographical encounter. Such an approach forces a reaching of certainty where often there is not. The current training in the anthropology discipline along with supervision should offer the capacity to tolerate uncertainty, confusion and doubt. This paper will explore how we could engage a psychoanalytical approach to make meaning of the experience of the self in the fieldwork process.

From my experience and training as a clinical anthropologist and as a psychotherapist I am suggesting that ethics in anthropology is relational and is enhanced when we reflect on our relationship with each other, noting our similarities and differences dependent on culture and context. I will explore how reflection and reflexivity around the (un)making of relationships through epistemological transactional teaching and learning can be professionally and personally enriching.
Period19 Mar 2020
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Ethnography
  • Transference
  • Trauma