Visualization in Ethnography


Since established in 2006, the Center has hosted a diverse array of projects and seminars supporting continuing innovation in the practice, expression, and theorization of   ethnography. Over the years, the Center has experimented with an array of tactics, including Ethnocharrettes, Para-sites, and many modes of collaboration.   

In 2018-2019, the Center will extend its outreach, inviting new affiliates (individuals and organizations) and participation in a suite of programs. The Center’s running seminar series -- Tuning Ethnography -- will focus on the interlacing of ethnography and digital infrastructure, enacted through varied engagements with the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography.  

The Center’s 2018-2019 annual program, Visualization in Ethnography, will involve a thematic seminar: Visualization Across Disciplines, a design project: Visualizing Toxic Subjects, and a Field Works project: Soiled Grounds.

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Upcoming Events


Visualizing Toxic Subjects Gallery Exhibit: May 28-31, 2019

This year, the Center’s main project has been Visualizing Toxic Subjects (VtS, also see this blog post about the project). VtS has many experimental dimensions and we look forward to conversations about what we have learned and accomplished. One of the experiments is a gallery show that will run in the Viewpoint Gallery in the UCI Student Center May 28-31. Throughout the week, we’ll run guided tours of the exhibit. Tour times and links to register for these tours are listed below.

On Friday, May 31, 10-11:30am, there will be a brief presentation of plans for the Center’s projects for the 2019-2020 academic year, including projects focused on “Global California” and “Quotidian Anthropocenes.”

Later in the afternoon, Friday, May 31, 1:30-3:30pm, there will be an open seminar to discuss the overall project -- what we have learned about visualization in ethnography, toxic subjects, technically-mediated ethnographic collaboration, new forms for expressing and relaying ethnographic knowledge, and more. We’ll also discuss how projects like VtS have moved anthropology over the years, suggesting further possibilities for experimental ethnographic research designs. Following the seminar at 3:30pm on May 31 there will be a light reception to celebrate the event.

VtS Gallery Schedule  

Click here to sign up for a guided tour. 

The gallery and all events below will run at the Viewpoint Gallery UCI - A311 Student Center, 2nd Floor.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:00-4:30pm  Guided Tour
Wednesday, May 29, 2019         11:00-11:30am Guided Tour
Thursday, May 30, 2019  12:00-12:30pm Guided Tour
Friday, May 31, 2019  10:00-11:30am Center for Ethnography 2019-2020 Meeting
  11:30am-12:00pm         Guided Tour
  12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break
  1:00-1:30pm Guided Tour
  1:30-3:30pm VtS Seminar
  3:30-4:00pm Reception



The Spring 2017 workshop on collaborative projects conceived and held at the Center for Ethnography will appear as a volume titled “Collaborative Anthropology: a Collection of Exceptions” edited by Dominic Boyer and George Marcus at Cornell University Press. It is the third volume in a series, reassessing ethnography as a method in changing times. Each volume is the result of a workshop organized and conceived at the Center for Ethnography.




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