Sponsored by the American Folklife Center, this event, part one of a two-part series, will feature recent and current Archie Green Fellows discussing the impact of the pandemic on their fieldwork experiences. Each program will feature live 15-20 minute presentations by two Archie Green Fellows (AGF) with Nancy Groce, AFC staff folklorist and director of the AGF program, serving as the moderator. Feature speakers will include oral historian Alana Glazer, who is interviewing nurses working at Veteran’s Administration hospitals; and folklorists Josephine McRobbie and Joseph O’Connell, who documented mid-wives, doulas and other birth workers in North Carolina.
Prior to the pandemic, Archie Green Fellows’ research, like so much folklife research, was predicated on in-depth in-person interviews documenting the experiences of contemporary American workers. The in-person aspect of the documentation process was, of course, severely disrupted by the pandemic. This 2-part series will explore these researchers’ adaptation to virtual research, describing what worked or didn’t work as they were forced to modify their methodologies and change to virtual online interviewing, as well as how they addressed or are addressing the challenges.
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