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Lecture | Research Seminar

CA-OS Research Seminar | Rethinking ethnographic methodology

Monday 13 November 2017
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Rethinking ethnographic methodology 

The Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology has reformed its core Master course, Large Issues, Small Places. It now tries to incorporate topical interests that affect doing ethnography (such as economic and ecological anthropology), but also addresses the broad range of methodological considerations that involve working in ethnographically in global circumstances (where questions of scale are paramount); working in societies saturated by multiple forms of mediation (where messages are heterogeneous assemblages of multiple modes, senders and recipients of communication); and working on topics that involve a broad range of social policy, whether by people studied or by organizations who define them as beneficiaries. This meeting informs colleagues and guests about our current interpretation of ethnography as involving a triad of researcher, researched and audience communicating in multimodal fashion before, during and after research; and what that means for our understanding of ethnography as a methodology and our teaching of standards of expertise and reliability. The session will be introduced by the current staff of LISP (Sabine Luning, Peter Pels, Mark Westmoreland) and invites every staff members to devote their critical attention to the topic. The session should also lead to a restart of the “methodology” sessions organized two years ago with some regularity.

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