In 2004, when I first entered the ranks of tenure-track faculty, I knew there were three tasks that I was expected to perform as a central part of my job: teaching, research, and service. To be clear, this is the expectation of work from tenure-track faculty—only the percentage of time spent on each area differs across institutions. Since I was hired into a PhD granting program, I was fully aware that publishing was critical to my tenure and promotion. As many of us do, I began the process of translating my dissertation work into essays and articles with the penultimate goal of returning to my field and conducting more fieldwork for a book (that I did not write). My dissertation explored, via life history interviews and ethnographic fieldwork, the identity experiences of women in urban Hindu arranged marriages. My...
The Second Shift as Epistemological Bonus
Devika Chawla is a professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. She teaches and writes on matters of migration, affect, material culture, and family life. She has published multiple essays and books including Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India’s Partition (Fordham University Press, 2014). She is the editor-in-chief of the University of California Press journal Departures in Critical Qualitative Research.
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Devika Chawla; The Second Shift as Epistemological Bonus. Journal of Autoethnography 11 January 2021; 2 (1): 128–135. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.1.128
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