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The Division of Social Sciences Fall 2022 Luncheon Seminar Series

Speaker: Sam Stiegler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Date/Time:  October 13th, 12-1pm

Location: 27 Persson Hall Auditorium

Title: Keeping in Touch with Youth Participants: To Be Expected or Expecting Too Much?

Description: This talk is inspired by the most common question I receive when presenting research from my study with queer and trans youth: Are you still in touch with your participants? On one hand, this question works to counter the long history of researchers leaving participants in the metaphorical dust after fieldwork; it is a history I endeavor to correct with my work, especially as a white male researcher. However, the question also seems to imply that staying in touch with participants is the pinnacle of being a successful ethical researcher. Pulling on queer and decolonial methodological approaches, this paper thinks through how expecting, hoping, or requiring researchers to stay in touch with youth participants might reflect more about researchers’ (or research’s) desires than about the wants and needs of participants themselves. Moreover, I wonder what this question reveals about common assumptions about what it means to be a participant in a research study (and who it is commonly assumed that participants are), and if there is something to learn about being ‘participant’ from the study of young people.

Lunch: Curtain Call and Hamilton Whole Foods, while supplies last

The next talk in this series is on October 27th with Professor Harsin (HIST).


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