Blog | Feldforschung

1. Dezember 2023

Chasing the Elephant: Grasping “Digitalization” in Rural Everyday Life in South Korea

Jae-Young Lee | Sungwon Ryu

During their two-month fieldwork stay in South Korea, researchers Jae-Young Lee and Sungwon Ryu aimed to investigate how the use of digital tools in new economies, such as tourism or e-commerce, influences residents’ spatial imaginations and practices. While accessing the field, the term “digitalization” proved to be a contested touchstone, challenging our understanding of “the digital” itself. This report sheds light on how this pursuit of a mysterious phenomenon shaped their research in the process.

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7. August 2023

„Plötzlich merkt man: Das, was man sich ausgedacht hat, ist so nicht umsetzbar“

Prof. Dr. Silke Steets | aufgezeichnet von Céline Lauer

Menschen, Themen, Disziplinen: Vielfältiger als am SFB 1265 könnte Forschung kaum sein. Das macht die gemeinsame Arbeit ungemein reicher, aber nicht unbedingt leichter; gerade dann, wenn es darum geht, das erhobene Wissen am Ende zu einer gemeinsamen Theorie zu verdichten. Hier erzählt die Soziologin Silke Steets, warum Teilprojekte manchmal ins Stocken geraten oder ein Eigenleben entwickeln – und welcher Trick ihr selbst mal weitergeholfen hat.

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28. Juli 2023

Visual impressions from fieldwork in Lagos

Francesca Ceola

A thin line between ethics and aesthetics haunts these reflections on field research in an African city, approached through the positionality of a researcher from a European context. Based on some visual impressions encountered during the fieldwork, the researcher Francesca Ceola retraces the process of reorientation in a place geographically and culturally very far away from her habitat recognizing what she knows in what she sees. In doing so, she contests the abstraction of “going to do fieldwork” as separate from everyday scientific practices.

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