Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities

Methods, Reflections, and Approaches to the Global South

  • Shalini Puri
  • Debra A. Castillo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Debra A. Castillo, Shalini Puri
    Pages 1-26
  3. Memory, Conflict, Contestation

  4. Place, Performance, Practices

  5. Medium and Form

  6. Institutions, Organizations, Collaborations

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-267

About this book


This volume, the first of its kind, launches a conversation amongst humanities scholars doing fieldwork on the global south. It both offers indispensable tools and demonstrates the value of such work inside and outside of the academy.  The contributors reflect upon their experiences of fieldwork, the methods they improvised, their dilemmas and insights, and the ways in which fieldwork shifted their frames of analysis. They explore how to make fieldwork legible to their disciplines and how fieldwork might extend the work of the humanities. The volume is for both those who are already deeply immersed in fieldwork in the humanities and those who are seeking ways to undertake it. 


Anthropology Ethnography Humanities Fieldwork Literary Fieldwork Global south studies Postcolonial Studies Cultural Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Shalini Puri
    • 1
  • Debra A. Castillo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Comparative Literature Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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