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Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis Seminar - Professor Martin Tolich, University of Otago, New Zealand

Starts: 5 November 2009

Thursday 5th November, 3.00pm-5.00pm, Committee Room 2, Glamorgan Building

Anticipating Ethics for Autoethnographers: Ten Foundational Guidelines

Professor Martin Tolich, University of Otago, NZ

Auto/biographical research and writing in general and autoethnography in particular, raises a host of ethical issues and concerns. In this presentation I describe and discuss some of these, drawing on specific real life examples of what could be described as autoethnographic dilemmas, including: considering a case when a journal editor insisted that an author gain retrospective permission from 23 persons mentioned in an autoethnography; contrast three leading autoethnographers’ justification for /not/ gaining informed consent with the Position Statement on Qualitative Research and IRBs developed by successive International Congresses of Qualitative Inquiry; look at what autoethnographers can learn from the ethical experiences of visual ethnographers; and ethical issues present when researchers use autoethnography to heal themselves (i.e. incest) violating the internal confidentiality of relational others unnamed in the text. I will also propose ten foundational ethical considerations for autoethnographers.

Associate Professor Martin Tolich is a New Zealander who gained his PhD in 1991 at the University of California, Davis studying with Lyn Lofland (and all too briefly with Paul Atkinson).  He heads the sociology programme at the University of Otago teaching social psychology, research methods and qualitative research ethics.  He has served continuously on ethics committees for fifteen years and was most recently the chair of New Zealand’s multi-centre health and disability ethics committee.  In 2008, he founded NZ Ethics Limited to establish a national ethics committee for the non-health and non-university research sectors (i.e. community research and NGOs). He is a senior consultant with Australian Human Research Ethics Consultants. His current ethnography explores the lived experience of healthy volunteers in first in human clinical drug trials.

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Disabled access: Yes