Reacting to the unexpected: methodological reflections on “distant” research in times of a pandemic

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


In March 2020, when the first Portuguese cases of COVID-19 were registered, the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, like other areas of knowledge, were challenged to (re)adapt and follow European guidelines towards a concerted response to the pandemic. In a period marked by uncertainty and containment measures that limited mobility and interpersonal contact, researchers had to rethink their methodological and pedagogical practices. This presentation aims to reflect on the efficiency of the solutions adopted by several authors, in relation to my own ethnographic experience of music performance in an urban context (Bennett and Peterson 2004). Two complementary approaches will be considered: the first, is based on research tools that are normally used “at a distance”, such as press consultations, analysis of data produced by government institutions (Alves et al. 2021; Gama 2020) and the preparation of online questionnaires (Gouveia and Almeida 2022; Neves et al. 2021; Nofre et al. 2020); while the second, resorts to research methods conventionally based on personal contact, however, adapted to the pandemic contingencies, such as conducting interviews (Guerra, Oliveira, and Sousa 2021) or to fieldwork (Manfredi 2022; Sánchez-Fuarros and Lacerda 2022). Lastly, I intend to reflect on both approaches' strengths and weaknesses.
Period12 Dec 2022
Event titleInternational Conference of the IASPM-Portugal: KILL'EM WITH MUSIC
Event typeConference
LocationPorto, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational