Chile, October and November 2019  : "Feel" and field‐work in times of crisis

Sepúlveda Sánchez, Denisse (Haute école de travail social HETS Genève, HES-SO) ; Lavanchy, Anne (Haute école de travail social HETS Genève, HES-SO) ; Heini, Céline (University of Fribourg; University of Geneva) ; Acevedo, Aline (University of Fribourg; Universitiy of Geneva)

One of the most important social upheavals in Chile since the end of the dictatorship started in October 2019, and continued until the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020. The event affected the ethnographic fieldwork that we, four anthropologists, were conducting at that time. This article draws on the recognition that, while being in different geographical locations, our respective experiences involve similar affects. Drawing on feminist epistemology, we have utilized these emotional experiences as a methodological tool to spark curiosity and open up a space for reconsidering fieldwork as ‘feel‐work’. Our respective positioning, in terms of national and emotional feelings of belonging as well as physical location, created affective dissonances that raised uneasiness while at the same time opening up a productive space to think about fieldwork as an experience of ‘out‐of‐place’ bodies and ‘out‐of‐place’ feelings.


Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Travail social
School:
HETS - Genève
Institute:
CERES - Centre de recherche sociale
Date:
2021-04
Pagination:
3 p.
Published in:
Anthropology Today
Numeration (vol. no.):
2021, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 23-25
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