Call for participants in a Roundtable discussion relating to research methodology at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington D.C., Nov. 5-8, 2009.
The roundtable will focus on research with living subjects who present special difficulties for researchers. What happens, for example, when your interviewee won't share the story you need to hear? When you learn family secrets that could hurt someone? When your subject can't communicate with you because of disability or disorder? When his story changes or when other evidence contradicts it? When your subject hates you--well, not you personally, but people of your race, gender, religion, or sexuality?
Participants will prepare a short set of comments relating, briefly, their project, their theoretical orientation, their research models, the problem they encountered, and any research methods (successful or not) that they used to address to challenge. Three to four participants, plus a chair and a moderator, are needed. Most of the time will be devoted to discussion of research methodologies appropriate for and useful when dealing with "difficult subjects."
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with: 1. a 500-word (max) abstract of your contribution that includes your methodological orientation 2. a title for your contribution 3. a list of 3-5 keywords 3. a title of up to 15 words 4. any request for A/V equipment 5. your contact information and 6. an abbreviated CV (no more than 2 pages). Please email by January 22, 2009.
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