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Getting Started at RMIT’s non/fictionLab

One year into my PhD project, I have finally left my desk in Göttingen and hundreds of hours of lit review behind, to start collecting some empirical data. For the next six months, I will be a participant observer at RMIT’s non/fictionLab, Melbourne, Australia. It took a lot of bureaucracy, diplomacy and, most importantly, patience. But now, I am finally here, thousands of miles away from my desk, colleagues, family and friends.

RMIT Staff Card

RMIT Staff Card

One month into my fieldwork and I am already exhausted by the amount of input I got exposed to. This is, of course, a good thing because it means my stay here is more than worth it in regard to my research interest. In fact, already the first week was so packed with information and introductions, it drowned my head in exciting confusion, while leaving my field diary empty and untouched (apart from arriving at this highly sophisticated headline):

Empty Field Diary

Empty Field Diary

Clearly, I did not have a clue where to start.

When I reached out to a fellow ethnographer her advice was simple but wise: Just start. So I decided to start by filming my first interview with Adrian Miles who is a New Media lecturer at RMIT and one of the key protagonists for this research.

In preperation for that, the first pages of my diary were gradually filling up…

Preperation for my first Interview with Adrian Miles

Preperation for my first Guided Narrative Interview with Adrian Miles

 

Mapping Korsakow

Mapping Korsakow