Our Next Event

December 4, 2020
Corey M. Abramson , Lynn Chancer , Aaron Cicourel , Claire Laurier Decoteau , Thomas DeGloma , Daniel Dohan , Neil Gong , ...
12 - 3 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

How do ethnographers engage in comparison? And how do the current historical ruptures in the era of COVID-19 shape the present and future of ethnographic comparison? Drawing on central themes from Beyond the Case: The Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography, this event will provide a venue for researchers from various ethnographic approaches to share their thoughts on these topics.

Center News

The Future of CER Is Uncertain; Save ISSI

Due to budget cuts and the dilapidated condition of our building, the Vice Chancellor for Research Office has decided to close ISSI, the parent institute of CER.  ISSI and CER affiliates are fighting the closure and have developed this website to showcase the value of the Institute and the widespread support for it. Please help save ISSI:

  • Sign the petition on the website (there's a form to do so).
  • Amplify the message on social media. There's a pinned tweet on the ISSI Twitter page which you can like, share, retweet. And likewise on Facebook. If you prefer to put it in your own words, that's much appreciated too! Please use the hashtag #SaveISSI

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story about the closure and the fight to save ISSI.

Scammer's Yard

Center for Ethnographic Research faculty affiliate Jovan Scott Lewis published a new book based on his ethnographic research among young and poor men striving to make a living in Montego Bay's struggling economy. Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica details how these young men come to view crime as a form of liberation in overcoming inequality and achieving autonomy.

Featured Books

Edited by Corey M. Abramson and Neil Gong (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Jovan Scott Lewis (University of Minnesota Press, 2020)

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