For humanities researchers, especially experienced ones, the interaction with research ethics committees can be incredibly frustrating. The review feedback and the demands of committees can be imcapitable with good practice in the discipline and incomprehensible. This paper reflects on that frustration. We recommend this as a read for members of research ethics committees that sometimes review humanities research.
You can’t let people delegate to you what you should do when it’s coming from way in here, you know? … I wouldn’t let anybody influence me into thinking I was doing the wrong thing by singing about death, hell, and drugs.
—Cash, 2003, as cited in Adamopoulou (2011)
“I’m an Anthropologist, Damn It!”: Reflections on the Challenges to the Ethical Authenticity of My Research
For every doctoral student, living within the liminal space of approval from the human ethics committee before one can commence the next stage of the research process can be an uneasy time. For me, this time was not a straightforward one. My human ethics application...