Fieldwork and Modern Languages Research

The IMLR Fieldwork project was launched at a symposium held at the IMLR in the summer of 2017. The event was attended by researchers at various stages of their doctoral and post-doctoral careers. In a series of practical and theoretical talks and workshops participants explored, with the team members listed below, the various challenges and opportunities of conducting fieldwork as an integral part of a research project.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team are now focusing on delivering online training and support in the theory and practice of fieldwork for researchers in Modern Languages and related disciplines. A series of seminars are being delivered this year on Zoom (details below) within the IMLR research training seminar programme.  

In addition to these seminars and training sessions, an interdisciplinary collection of online resources on fieldwork has been compiled. These include written publications, conferences, debates, and will include a series of podcasts of interviews on fieldwork themes with experts in the field.

Links to all these events and resources can be found on this page. If you require any further information on the project, please don’t hesitate to contact Professor Claire Griffiths at

Seminars and Training

Training sessions and seminars take place online via Zoom, normally on Wednesdays at 2pm. Full details of each session, including recommended reading and registration, are available here:



INTERVIEWING Working with and Interviewing Writers, Artists and Filmmakers
Seminar leader: Joe Ford (IMLR)
Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 14:00-15:30 GMT

ETHNOGRAPHY Ethnography and Modern Languages Research
Course leaders: Chandra Morrison (LSE) and Naomi Wells (IMLR)
Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 14:00-15:00 GMT | Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 14:00-15:00 GMT | Friday, 4 December 2020, 14:00-15:00 GMT


INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities
Seminar leaders: Kaya Davies Hayon (Lincoln) and Fadma Aït Mous (Casablanca) 
Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 14:00-15:00 GMT

PARTICIPATORY PHOTOGRAPHY Conducting Fieldwork using Participatory Photography
Seminar leaders: Tom Martin (Lincoln) and Chandra Morrison (LSE)
Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 14:00-16:00 GMT | Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 14:00-16:00 GMT


DIGITAL RESEARCH Decolonising data for cultural research in the Global South 
Seminar leaders: Claire Griffiths (Chester) and Monika Kukolová (Salford)
Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 14:00-16:00 BST

ETHICAL CHALLENGES Conducting Research in Post-Conflict Contexts
Seminar leader: Catherine Gilbert (Newcastle)                                                                            
Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 14:00-15:30 BST


The Interdisciplinary Bibliography of Fieldwork Resources began to take shape at the first face-to-face symposium on fieldwork for Modern Linguists held at the IMLR in 2017. It has undergone an exponential expansion, accelerated in recent times by the global pandemic.

In the early months of 2020, scholars from across the arts, humanities and social sciences around the globe started sharing resources on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on research and fieldwork. We embraced this unprecedented level of collaboration across the disciplines as an opportunity to collate resources. These demonstrate the uniquely valuable role fieldwork plays in humanities research.

Our project aims to make those resources available to our PGR students and our colleagues working on research projects that require a fieldwork stage. Our bibliography includes the key readings and references used in the fieldwork seminar and training series (details above). It is a work in progress regularly updated as new resources become available.

If you need further information on the general bibliography please contact Professor Claire Griffiths at Topic-specific reading lists have been compiled by the seminar leaders for each training session. Details are available under Seminars and Training above.

Click here for the bibliography of fieldwork resources:


Team Members


Click here for details of the team members:


Acknowledgements: Many thanks for Dr Katia Pizzi and to Institute Manager Cathy Collins for the support they have given this project.