Performing Reality

I am conducting an ethnography of Carapace to better understand how community forms around such events. I will be attending Carapace regularly to observe and will be conducting interviews with members of the Carapace community.

As I analyze my field notes and transcripts I will record some of my thoughts in a public blog: Members of the Carapace community are invited to follow my work and leave comments. I am interested in your opinions on how I am interpreting what I see and hear.

I have created this page specifically for members of the Carapace community. If you would like to know more about the study, please read the attached research summary. I am happy to answer any further questions you may have about this research. Please contact me

This study has been approved by the UNC Internal Review Board. The IRB number is 17-1236. You are welcome to contact my faculty advisor Brian Sturm ( or the IRB (919-966-3113) with further questions about this study. The IRB declared this research "exempt from continuing review" as it poses no more risk to participants that the normal activities of every day life. 
Sarah Beth Nelson,
Jul 10, 2017, 12:48 PM