Ethnography in the Contemporary
What happened to the triumph of market capitalism and the steady march of liberal democracy? The contemporary landscape seems marked by deep cracks and fissures, uncertainties and insecurities, populism and paranoid styles of reasoning. The contemporary, the moving ratio of modernity, seems to be already ethnographic. Ethnography is uniquely positioned to speak to the present situation.
In this Winter School, students will learn all about ethnography, from its scholarly concepts to specific research practices. They will work in groups to learn together. Together we will ask critical anthropological questions about the most pressing matters in today’s world.
We are pleased to be hosting two keynote speakers:
Douglas Holmes, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University. Author of Integral Europe: fast capitalism, multiculturalism, neofascism (Princeton 2010) and Economy of words: communicative interpretives in central banks (Chicago, 2014), together with numerous innovative disciplinary contributions, including a body of high-profile publications in collaboration with George E. Marcus on experimentation, collaboration and cultures of expertise.
Nayanika Mathur, University of Sussex, author of several publications on conspiracies, transparency, bureaucracy and the public good, as well as the important recent book, Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India (Cambridge, 2015).
The aim of the School is twofold: we attempt to educate students broadly on the key attributes and sensibilities of ethnographic research, while grappling with key scholarly issues at the same time.
The school brings together postgraduate students, researchers, and others for focused reflection on ‘ethnography’ today. We have structured the module as a one-week workshop. We hope this format will attract participants of diverse disciplinary orientations and career stages, and we further hope that this cross-fertilization of perspectives will yield fresh insights into what ethnography can teach us about the world in which we live.
This open and cost-free 5-ECTS postgraduate module is facilitated as “AN862: Ethnography Winter School” by Dr Mark Maguire & Dr Ela Drazkiewicz.