Today I Enter “The Field”

For cultural anthropologists… Well, for those of us in PhD programs anyway, there is an expectation that one will do at least a year of fieldwork, a fancy name for on-the-ground research with the community with which one has prepared to do research.

Today I depart for the field. Today marks the beginning of this period of fieldwork. Today I go forth into the world as an anthropologist, to do what anthropologists do. Spending time with people, talking with them, engaging in daily life with them, and learning about who they are, what they do, and how they see themselves and the world in which they live.

This is what I’ve spend the last 4+ years training for.


For me, this means 12 months, divided between two of my favorite cities: Chicago and Istanbul. My research schedule looks like this:

  • January: Chicago
  • February-April: Istanbul
  • May-December: Chicago

For the blog, this means posts from the sites of the action, and descriptions of the seemingly endless lists of things to do in each of these cities. I’m excited about this. I love Chicago and Istanbul, and I can’t wait to share them with you all.


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