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Raiders Of The Lost Archive

Jesse Driscoll & Christian Davenport

TRUE TALES of Discovery in the Social Sciences! Brought to you by Christian Davenport & Jesse Driscoll.

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Episode 15 - David Laitin
Dec 24 2021
Episode 15 - David Laitin
David Laitin reflects on lessons learned from a lifetime of fieldwork -- and imagines the road ahead.  How did watching the Sardana folk dance in Cataolonia reveal the limits of Gramscian hegemony as an explanatory framework?  After one just decides, in middle life, to "learn Russian", how does one get started?  How does one arrange to take a family, with two young children in tow, to Nigeria?  True adventures on the social science frontier, as narrated by a uniquely experienced voice of authority.
Episode 15 - David Laitin
Dec 24 2021
Episode 15 - David Laitin
David Laitin reflects on lessons learned from a lifetime of fieldwork -- and imagines the road ahead.  How did watching the Sardana folk dance in Cataolonia reveal the limits of Gramscian hegemony as an explanatory framework?  After one just decides, in middle life, to "learn Russian", how does one get started?  How does one arrange to take a family, with two young children in tow, to Nigeria?  True adventures on the social science frontier, as narrated by a uniquely experienced voice of authority.
Episode 14 - Sarah Cameron
Dec 23 2021
Episode 14 - Sarah Cameron
Sarah Cameron (University of Maryland) shares practical advice for conducting archival research in non-English languages, based on her her experiences living in Kazakhstan conducting research for her award-winning HUNGRY STEPPE: FAMINE, VIOLENCE, AND THE MAKING OF SOVIET KAZAKHSTAN.  Why start with children's elementary school textbooks to develop a research vocabulary?  The podcast's first bona-fide historian!
Episode 13 - David Cunningham
Dec 22 2021
Episode 13 - David Cunningham
David Cunningham (Wash U St. Louis), next in our "when the field is home" series, discusses the archival and interview research that yielded KLANSVILLE USA: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS-ERA KU KLUX KLAN and THERE'S SOMETHING HAPPENING HERE: THE NEW LEFT, THE KLAN AND FBI COUNTERINTELLIGENCE. How do we mentor graduate students planning work on topics that will put them in close proximity to dangerous political actors?  The podcast's first bona-fide sociologist!
Episode 12 - Cynthia Enloe
Nov 1 2021
Episode 12 - Cynthia Enloe
In this episode Cynthia Enloe -- prolific feminist writer, political theorist, inspiring teacher, and all-around badass -- discusses her early fieldwork experiences in Malaysia.  How is it possible to write six books about war, violence, and ethnicity and never think seriously about gender performance?  How can you be self-reflective on the page, and embrace the first-person voice, without making yourself the most interesting person in the book? An authentic social science heroine shares her reflections and prescriptions.  A can't miss episode.
Episode 11 - Kanisha Bond
Oct 13 2021
Episode 11 - Kanisha Bond
Kanisha Bond (SUNY Binghamton) on doing participant observation on the contemporary Antifa movement, the blurring of the line between researcher and activist roles, thinking about America as a comparative case, and thinking purposefully about the need to sometimes step back from research that can be repurposed by the state as op-sec.  The third in our "when the field is home" series.
Episode 10 - Asfandyr Mir
Sep 29 2021
Episode 10 - Asfandyr Mir
Asfandyr Mir (Stanford - CISAC) shares his reflections on the challenges of presenting himself as a neutral scientist observer when researching the U.S. drone war in Pakistan.  The second in a "when the field is home" series.
Episode 9 - Tariq Thachil
Sep 23 2021
Episode 9 - Tariq Thachil
Tariq Thachil (UPenn) is the first in a "when the field is home" series.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of being able to present as a local?  Is being ambushed on social media part of what we should be preparing students for?  Does it "count" as ethnographic observation if you are also looking for measurable indicators for quantitative tests as you go?  How should we teach THEFT OF AN IDOL?
Episode 8 - Zachariah Mamphilly
Sep 15 2021
Episode 8 - Zachariah Mamphilly
Zachariah Mamphilly (CUNY) answers the big questions about agency and responsibility.  What does it mean to be an oppositional intellectual in the field of political violence?  Should we expect any accountability for the role that our field has played in legitimizing the war on terror as we chase grants and policy relevance?  As we professionalize our students, who are we teaching them to write for?
Episode 7 - Leonard Wantchekon
Aug 30 2021
Episode 7 - Leonard Wantchekon
Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University), activist and scholar, reflects on his journey.  Saddle wisdom, "The Tao of Leonard", and practical advice for early-career scholars.
Episode 6 - Jen Murtazashvili
Jun 22 2021
Episode 6 - Jen Murtazashvili
Jen Murtazashvili (University of Pittsburgh) speaking candidly about Afghanistan, course correction while in the field, and the importance of publicly admitting mistakes.
Episode 5 - Bob Bates
Jun 10 2021
Episode 5 - Bob Bates
The legendary Bob Bates describes his fieldwork experiences Zambian mining townships -- getting in, building trust, staying safe, and writing up.  Can qualitative methods be taught?
Episode 4 - Jesse Driscoll (UCSD)
May 21 2021
Episode 4 - Jesse Driscoll (UCSD)
Meeting The Host #2: Jesse Driscoll recalls some memorable characters from his time in Tajikistan and Georgia.
Episode 3 - Christian Davenport
May 18 2021
Episode 3 - Christian Davenport
Meeting The Host #1: Christian Davenport (University of Michigan) shares some hard-won wisdom from his experiences in Rwanda.
Episode 2 - Lisa Wedeen
May 15 2021
Episode 2 - Lisa Wedeen
Our second podcast guest is Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago), author of Ambiguities of Domination, Peripheral Visions, and Authoritarian Apprehensions.
Episode 1 - James Scott
Mar 19 2021
Episode 1 - James Scott
We begin our podcast with none other than Prof. James Scott (Yale University).  Yes, the James Scott of Weapons of the Weak, Seeing Like a State and Two Cheers for Anarchism.