To be a young researcher in the social sciences comes with its own set of challenges and learning opportunities. This Forum engages with the complications in conducting “care-full” inquiry when still in a learning/early mode of methods and ethical practice. We highlight autoethnographic narratives1 of early career researchers ranging from talking about the self and surrounding environment to the possibility of looking inward to understand and take the community forward, and from drawing resonance with text to (re)designing mechanisms for academic contemplation. Using autoethnographic accounts of care, or lack thereof, experienced by the scholars, their personal narratives have been tied to broader social and cultural,2 political, and economic contexts of their local realities for reflection on and recommendations for inclusivity such that richer engagement with the field can be undertaken for newer, nuanced meanings to emerge.

Aditya Deshbandhu, University of Exeter, emphasizes the necessity of weaving an element...

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