The necessary discomfort of the field researcher
Interview with Christian Rinaudo

by Christian Rinaudo

Summary

Sociologist, lecturer at the University of Nice Côte d’Azur, researcher at the Migration and Society Research Unit, Christian Rinaudo is a field scientist, and specialist in popular musical culture, particularly Latin American. In an interview with Switch (on Paper), he talks about his research work, between data production and the “restless mind”, personal engagement and immersive analysis of the situations of artists in exile.

Switch (on Paper): Your thinking focuses in particular on the conditions under which social scientists collect their data. You say, for example, that “research has to get out of the library just as the artist has to get out of the studio” and it is important to you that this “field practice” be effectively “returned…

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