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'Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropology Student's Toolkit'

Going on a fieldwork trip? You’re in luck! We bring to you an Ebook filled with tips on how to approach ethnographic fieldwork from a student’s perspective. Tamar and Miriam have written about everything they wish they had known before their fieldwork trips. With fourteen chapters in total, we’re sure this toolkit will be an essential addition to your arsenal of knowledge and skills.


Download the Ebook to learn…

  • …how to navigate the relationships with your research participants;

  • …how transcribing interviews actually works;

  • …how to stay sane and safe while doing research;

  • …how to use visual methods during your fieldwork;

  • …and much, much more!

We would love to hear from you!

We've added a comment section to the bottom of this page for you to write down anything you would like to share about this Ebook and/or your (upcoming) personal fieldwork experiences. Got any questions we can help you with? Leave them below! We'll be monitoring the comments and replying/adding on whenever we can.

Happy reading!

Comments (3)

Nov 06, 2023

Thank you so much for this! I am going to fieldwork myself in January and can't wait to read it. I donated 5 Euros :)

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How nice to read and much appreciated! Hope you have fun on your fieldwork. You know where to find us if you have some questions we may be able to help you with 😊

Hey there! Welcome to the comment section 😊

Extra tips are bound to pop up into my brain now that everything is published, of course. So here are two more tips regarding your personal safety (chapter six in the e-book)

1. Register your stay abroad in OSIRIS student

Choose the option of "field research". Doing this will make it known to the International Office that you are abroad for a certain amount of time. If a major dangerous event takes place in the region while you are there, your International Office will be able to contact you and - if necessary - undertake steps to help you get out of the country/region. That way you won't have to arrange your repatriation on your own and you can depend on the assistance of the university. Or sometimes repatriation is not necessary but the International Office would still like to check if you are okay and if you need any help, for example after a natural disaster or large act of violence in your region.

2. Register at the Dutch embassy of the region you will be residing in

In a similar vein, it is also helpful for the regional Dutch embassy to know about your whereabouts. When you register yourself there, you will receive updates via email on the safety risks and developments in the country, as well as any changes in the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In case of an emergency, they will provide you with advice on the best course of action.

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