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A reflexive analysis on field knowledge production and academic labor during PhD studies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6811-304X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4007-5173
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The multitasking nature of academic labor has become an increasingly essential part of PhD studies. Teaching, competition for funding, international networking and publishing in high impact journals are expected and encouraged. This situation becomes even more complex when a doctoral candidate needs to perform fieldwork, as it is common in geography. In this paper, the gendered nature of fieldwork is analyzed through the autobiographical accounts of two young female doctoral students in human geography carrying out field research in the global south. As opposed to the positivistic ideal of scientific objectivity, the results show that embodiment and wellbeing play a pivotal role in influencing the course of fieldwork. Hence, we examine  the everyday dimensions of field research both during pre-fieldwork planning and post-fieldwork. Lastly, we discuss current neoliberal prerequisites to secure an academic career and what they imply for researchers' lives.

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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267979OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267979DiVA: diva2:875246
Gendered Rights to the City: Intersections of Identity & Power (Pre-AAG IGU Gender & Geography Commission Conference), Milwaukee, USA, April 19-20, 2015.

Panel presentation at the Pre-AAG IGU Gender & Geography Commission Conference, Milwaukee, USA, April 19-20, 2015.

Available from: 2015-11-30 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2015-11-30

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