Field Research in Anthropology: Unity and Diversity

International conference will take place on 3–4 October, 2017, at the Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, the Czech Republic.



On the conference

The theme of the conference is the field research as fundamental method of research in the social and cultural anthropology. In their work, anthropologists must deal with intriguing diversity of conditions in various environments. They apply both standard and innovative approaches toward various topics of research. The conference aims at showing and critically assessing this diversity of research methods in anthropology today. We welcome contributions from diverse perspectives that explore current trends in the field research and add to the knowledge relevant for speaking to social realities in the contemporary globalized world.

The conference is open to scholars involved in the field of cultural and social anthropology as well as from related disciplines, working on topics related to human culture and society.

Keynote Lecture


RICHARD FEINBERG (Kent State University, USA)

October 3, 9:45 AM, trida Svobody 26 (room 3.23), Olomouc

Lecture abstract: Cross-cultural (often international) fieldwork has been at the heart of anthropological research since the since the discipline’s beginnings in the 19th century. During the 20th century, extended periods of fieldwork became a standard requirement for anthropology graduate students in the US, UK, and many other countries. This presentation will explore the history of ethnographic fieldwork, going back to L. H. Morgan’s research with the Seneca and Bronislaw Malinowski’s Trobriand experience. It will consider fieldwork’s value as a tool both for understanding others and gaining insight into oneself. And it will examine many of the challenges that fieldworkers must overcome. Such challenges range from gaining entry into the community one wishes to study and the logistics of providing food and lodging to establishment of trust with members of one’s host community, the trauma of culture shock, occasional physical danger, and a variety of ethical dilemmas. In addition to surveying the experience of others in adjusting to life in the field, I will draw upon my own experience conducting research with the Navajo of the American southwest and with several Polynesian communities in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Information for conference participants

Conference language: English

Conference format: We accept individual paper presentations. The papers will be grouped together into a relevant panel. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length, followed by discussion.

Submissions: closed

Conference fees, travel, accommodation:  There are no conference fees, but participants are expected to cover their accommodation and travel expenses in full. The organizers will provide information about accommodation, travel options and details about the venue on this website.

Organizing committee:

prof. PhDr. Dušan Lužný, Dr.
Doc. PhDr. Jelena Petrucijová, CSc.
Doc. PhDr. Martin Soukup, Ph.D.
PhDr. Daniel Topinka, Ph.D.
Mgr. Jakub Havlíček, Ph.D.
Mgr. Kateřina Mildnerová, Ph.D.
Mario Rodríguez Polo, Ph.D.


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