An Interdisciplinary Bibliography of Fieldwork Resources for Researchers in Modern Languages and Related Fields

1. Introduction

In early 2020, scholars from across the arts, humanities and social sciences, and from around the globe, started sharing resources on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on research and fieldwork. The result has been a flourishing of interdisciplinary collaboration never previously witnessed in the academic world.

This collaboration presents a particular opportunity for Modern Languages research. We have witnessed through the latter years of the 20th and in the 21st century a multiplication of innovative approaches to research in the discipline’s traditional field of literary studies. More latterly, we have witnessed an opening up of the discipline to a wider range of non-literary fields of enquiry.

New approaches and fields of enquiry have encouraged a growing emphasis on the specificity of context and place in the study of language cultures. In turn, this had led us towards an increased awareness of the value of fieldwork in doctoral and post-doctoral research.

Resources dedicated to guiding researchers through the fieldwork stages of their projects are unsurprisingly more plentiful in disciplines where fieldwork has played a central role for decades.

The following lists draws from such disciplines. They include ethnography, anthropology, human geography, international studies, politics, cultural studies, among others, and they are included here to inform and enrich Modern Languages research as it develops its interdisciplinary strengths.

Naturally, such a bibliography cannot be exhaustive. Priority has been given to resources of particular relevance to research being conducted in Modern Languages departments. It provides a place to explore challenges and opportunities associated with conducting fieldwork in a pandemic and in its aftermath.

We are very grateful to all the generous contributors to our list. The list author has shared our curated list with colleagues from other disciplines who contributed to it. This is a working document, if you have comments or suggestions for additional references please feel free to contact Claire Griffiths at c.griffiths@chester.ac.uk. We will gladly receive your suggestions. 

The difficulties facing researchers unable to access research sites in person is the topic of the first set of resources. These resources include podcasts and zoom conferences published during the Covid-19 pandemic, along with written resources. The remaining units include references from before the pandemic and are organised thematically. You can use the arrows below to click through all of the resources, or use the Table of Contents on the right hand side to go straight to a specific subject.