Graduate students’ research can take place anywhere in the world, from a lab on campus to a community living across the world. But when graduate students conduct international research, they will need to answer additional questions about how they will navigate the complex strategies and ethical responsibilities that arise when taking their fieldwork abroad.
On March 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Alden Library 319, second-year Ph.D. student Lior D. Shragg will discuss his own navigation of these questions in a presentation entitled “A Minority Abroad: On Representation, Authenticity and Ethics in the Field.” Shragg is the Spring 2018 speaker of the Libraries’ Graduate Research Series, which invites Ohio University graduate students to share the research process with those beyond their own fields.
Shragg’s research has taken him to Nigeria (in 2014) and Ghana (in 2012). In his presentation, Shragg will share his insight into the complex world of ethnomusicological fieldwork and discuss his own research process, which has included the use of primary and secondary sources, engagement with cultural institutions, and the use of both the Libraries’ resources and ethnographic primary materials.
Shragg holds degrees in ethnomusicology and percussion from the University of Arizona and Winona State University. His research interests also include musical theater, film music, and composition. His current research explores Jewish identity in the musical performance practices of Zimbabwe Jews. In addition to his academic work, Shragg is an active percussionist and composer and his work has been featured in several independent web-series and TV pilots.
We invite you to learn more about Shragg’s research process on March 23. The presentation is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.