Young Scholars Forum
The field as a temporal entity and the challenges of the contemporary
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2013
© 2013 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 213–225, May 2013
How to Cite
Dalsgaard, S. (2013), The field as a temporal entity and the challenges of the contemporary. Social Anthropology, 21: 213–225. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12012
- Issue published online: 19 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 19 JUN 2013
- Papua New Guinea
Anthropological definitions and demarcations of ‘the field’ remain fundamentally anchored in tropes of location and spatiality, and the association between field and fieldworker is still primarily characterised as being maintained by distance in space. This article argues that ‘the field’ must be regarded as much as temporally constituted as it is normally seen as spatial. By exploring and unfolding the temporal properties of the field (e.g. different tempos, paces, extensions and projections of past, future etc.), it is suggested that the spatially anchored notion of multi-sited fieldwork can be complemented and extended with one of multi-temporal ethnography.