Doing Ethnography
  • Room 103, Mast House, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth, PL4 0HJ

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In this research seminar, Dr Nelson Turgo will share his rich experience of doing ethnography and draw out some practical insights from being an ‘insider’ in the fishing community that he studied and being an ‘outsider’ on board two merchant vessels. 

Issues that will be discussed include his political biography impinging on his insider positionality in the fishing community and challenges of observing ‘illicit transactions’ on-board between seafarers and shore-based personnel highlighting his precarious positionality as an outsider.

Dr Turgo works at the Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University. He is a seasoned ethnographic researcher and has done ethnographies both ashore (in a fishing community in the Philippines) and on board a number of ships in the past few years.

Organised by the iSPER Maritime and Logistics, Business and Policy (MLBP) research group, this seminar is aimed at Plymouth University academic staff and postgraduate research students. 

Booking is not required to attend but please contact Dr Lijun Tang if you have any queries.

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