In this podcast, the master’s students of Stockholm University’s anthropology department take centre stage: They have recently swarmed out into the world to do research for their master theses. The commonplace that every beginning is hard is especially true for fieldwork: You don’t only have to quickly establish a good relationship with potential informants, you also have to adapt to an environment that is unlike the one you are familiar to: Be it in terms of language, social structures or the time you have to get out of bed. The fields the students explore include a cheese workshop in the Swedish archipelago, a job agency in Slovakia, a village situated in the middle of a soon-to-be artificial lake in Turkey and a satirical newsroom in Romania. Listen to our initial struggles and problems, but also successes and moments of first insights.

Published on:

December 21, 2015

Created by:

Dragos Costache, Malla Grönqvist, Kelsey Oldbury and Eva-Maria Walther


Fieldwork, ethnography, methods, cheese, Slovakia. Turkey, Romania

Cite as:

Costache, Dragos; Malla Grönqvist; Kelsey Oldbury and Eva-Maria Walther. “First day in the field” AnthroTalking: Podcasts at Stockholm University’s Department of Social Anthropology, online December 21, 2015,


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