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The Future of CER Is Uncertain; Save ISSI

In order to save money, 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.

Critical Race Theory

Professor Khiara Bridges is quoted in this Boston Globe article explaining Critical Race Theory. "Critical race theorists support an 'expansive view of racism,' Bridges said, that demonstrates how institutions uphold white supremacy and reinforce our racial hierarchy through 'race-neutral' policies." Bridges is a faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research.

Qualitative Research Methods Summer Workshop Concludes

This summer, 14 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world gathered online for six weeks of instruction in qualitative research. The workshop, led by Sociology graduate students Meghna Mukherjee and Luis Tenorio, was sponsored by ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research.

Black Lives Matter

CER stands in solidarity with those protesting anti-Black violence and working to promote racial justice in policing, health care, and all spheres of society. As we work on that goal in education, we invite you to read "Releasing a tradition: Diasporic epistemology and the decolonized curriculum," by Jovan Scott Lewis, Assistant Professor of Geography and African-American Studies, and one of our affiliated faculty members.

New Leadership Role for CER Visiting Scholar

Laura Graham, Professor of Anthropology at University of Iowa and ISSI Visiting Scholar, has been elected as president-elect (2020-2023) and president (2023-2027) of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America.

Video now available of Exploring Plantation Worlds: Towards Ethnographic Collaboration

In November 2019, Tania Murray Li, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto spoke at a CER colloquium.The video of her talk "Exploring Plantation Worlds: Towards Ethnographic Collaboration" is available here.

Video now available: How to Do Ethnography When You Dislike Your Research Subjects?

In April 2019, Martina Avanza, Senior Lecturer, Political Sociology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, presented at a CER event. The video of her talk, "How to Do Ethnography When You Dislike Your Research Subjects? Fieldwork Within Right-Wing Groups in Italy," is now available.

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