Innovations in Ethnographic Methodology

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Friday, March 4, 2016


Wildavsky Room, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

Shining a spotlight on ethnography as a method, this symposium brings together scholars from the US and the UK to show the possibilities of the ethnographic method and how it can be used in conjunction with other research methods. The presenters focus on various stages of ethnographic research, from field notes to data analysis to representing findings, and on different dimensions, from time to the digital domain.


9-9:30         Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45    Introduction and Welcome: Martín Sánchez-Jankowski (UC Berkeley)

9:45-11:15  Panel One: Moderator and Respondent: Loïc Wacquant (UC Berkeley)

  • “Slow Ethnography: A Political and Methodological Argument,” Ben Carrington (University of Texas at Austin)
  • “Seeing is Believing, Reading as Learning: Transparency and Accessibility in Field Notes,” Victoria Reyes (Bryn Mawr)

11:15-12:30 Lunch (on your own)

12:30-2:30 Panel Two: Moderator and Respondent: David Harding (UC Berkeley)

  • "The Promises of Computational Ethnography,” Corey M. Abramson (University of Arizona), Daniel Dohan (UC San Francisco), Jacqueline Joslyn (University of Arizona), Meghan Halley (Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute), and Katharine Rendle (National Cancer Institute)
  • "Revisiting Bott to Connect the Dots: Using Participant Observation as a Means to Collect Data Amenable to Social Network Analysis,” Alasdair Jones (London School of Economics)
  • “On the Limits of Generalizability in Mixed-Methods Studies: Aligning Sampling and Case Selection in Quantitative-Qualitative Research Designs,” Bryan Sykes (UC Irvine), Anjuli Verma (UC Irvine), and Black Hawk Hancock (DePaul University) 

2:30-3 Coffee Break

3-4:30 Panel Three: Moderator and Respondent: Kris Gutiérrez (UC Berkeley)

  • “This is Not Thick Description: Conceptual Art Installation as Ethnographic Process,” Cassandra Hartblay (UC San Diego)
  • “Engaging with the Syuzhet: A New Methodological Approach to Multimodal Timelines in Digital Ethnography,” Andrew LaFave (University of Southern California) and Elizabeth Mainz (UC Santa Barbara)

During the symposium, "Do You Like This Installation?: Iteration II" by Cassandra Hartblay will be on display in the lounge adjacent to the Wildavsky Room. 


Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is closed, but you can still come!

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Visitor information is available here. The closest parking is in the Underhill Garage, where there are machines to pay by cash or credit card.

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