One of the hellish bits of bureaucracy I have had to participate in over the last year was getting my project approved by the university’s Research Ethics Board. And I do understand why. Over the years there have been some horrifyingly unethical projects enacted in the name of academia and it is always in a researchers best interest to think through all the possible ramifications her work might have - BUT THE FORMS ARE SO PAINFUL TO FILL IN! And then the revisions! My god the revisions.
But the good news is my research project has been approved for this summer which means I will be hitting the road again to join historical armies, chase heritage chicken out of vegetable gardens, and talk to teenagers about their jobs acting out our collective history!