Are the principles underpinning ethical research in Anthropology adequately recognised by institutional ethical review panels? What is needed to support anthropologists to develop their research and teaching as part of the response by the humanities and social sciences to global societal challenges?
The requirements for anthropologists to submit their work for ethical review by university and other ethical committees has been researched and debated over the last decade. Although ethical conduct lies at the heart of anthropology, what this actually means in practice has proved harder for anthropologists to articulate to people from other disciplines. While the ASA and other organisations have developed guidance to codify and capture some of the complexity of ethical theory and situated field ethics, changing ideas about the person, the nature of what is 'public' and 'private', and the role of researchers means that any guidance may not adequately cover the particular dilemmas anthropologists face in their work and needs to be revised and developed to meet the needs of the community. Similarly, the use of new technologies, mass means of communication and changing regulatory frameworks have raised concerns about the future development of ethnographic research methods. This panel will include papers that explore the changing nature of research and research ethics and consider how anthropologists can be supported to continue to practice and develop ethnographic methods that conform with the necessary regulatory frameworks for research ethics.