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DVD of Jamer Hunt Event
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Report from January 24, 2009
Para-site event now available


Phil Grant
'Ethnographic Research on Iranian Activists, Intellectuals, and Secularism'


Jamer Hunt
Parsons School of Design
at the New School

Ethnography by Design
Anne Burdick: Dicussant
Chair of the Media Design Program at Art Center, Pasadena

SSPB 4250
Light Refr

Center Para-Site Workshop
Question/Answer Session

Anthropology Library SSPB 4250
12:00-2:00 pm

By Invitation only

Studio Series Event
Militarizing Critical Theory/Militarizing Society

"Warring Societies"
Remarks by Ghassan Hage, Univeristy of Melbourne and W.J.T. Mitchell, University of Chicago
and Editor of Critical Inquiry

Thursday 1:00-3:30pm
UCHRI Conference Room 338
Aldrich Hall

At the Juncture of  Social Theory and Ethnography:  Two Days of Conversations
Co-Sponsored by the Center for  Ethnography, University of 
California, Irvine, and the Department of Anthropology, Rice University.

These conversations, held at Rice  University, were intended to examine how social theory is used to contextualize and give shape to projects  of ethnographic research today.  Ethnographies have become more  theoretical since the 1980s, but how theory 'works' in relation to ethnographic inquiry is one of the most vexing and interesting questions about method, the forms of research practice, the identity and authority of ethnography, and the imaginaries of those who produce and participate in it.  

Participants included  Dominic Boyer (Rice), James Faubion (Rice), Rebecca Lemov (Harvard),  Andreas Glaeser (Chicago), George Marcus (UCI), Kaushik Sunder Rajan (UCI), Kim Fortun (RPI), and Phil Grant (UCI). Abstracts of the stimulus papers are available and reflections on the event will be forthcoming.

February 24, 2009

Webb Keane
Department of Anthropology
University of Michigan


'Freedom and Blasphemy: Indonesian Press Bans and Danish Cartoons'

SSPB 4250
Hosted by Department of Anthropology
Co-sponsored by Center for Ethnography, Center for Asian Studies, Humanitieis Center
February 3, 2009

Constance Perin, Visiting Scholar, Anthropology, MIT

'The Deep Play of Theatre-Making: Rehearsal Poetics and Pragmatics

12:00-2:30pm SSPB 4250 (Anthropology Library)

January 29, 2009

'Enthnography By Design' Conversation with
Kimberly Christen - Washington State University
Ramesh Srinivasan, UCLA
Moderated by Chris Kelty, UCLA
12:00-2:30pm - SSPB 4250 (Anthropology Library)

January 29, 2009

David Pederson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCSD
'The Value of Options: Statistics, Historical Models and the Path from El Salvador to Iraq'

3:30-5:00 pm SSPB 4250 (Anthropology Library)

October 14, 2008

Chris Newfield, Department of English, UC Santa Barbara

"Inside the UC Budget Bureaucracy: An Adventure in Critical Ethnography"

Full video of the event

12:00 noon – 2:30 pm  Light Refreshments 

Place: UCHRI Conference Room (338 Admin)

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October 21, 2008

"Ethnography by Design"

Conversation with Paul Dourish, Professor, Informatics, UCI; Chris Kelty, Information Studies, UCLA; and George Marcus, Director, Center for Ethnography

12:00 noon - 2:30 pm. Light Refreshments. SSPB 4250 (Anthropology Library)

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Fall 2008 Para-site Event – Justin Richland, UCI
Bring in Native law scholars, jurists and tribal leaders in to talk about the ways they employ para-ethnographic theories and methods in the construction of notions of "Indian," "Tribe" and nation, sovereignty, etc. in their work.

Nov.  24-25, 2008

Red Cents and Indian Country: Native Claims to Things Conference organized by Justin Richland and Bill Maurer. Co- sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Center in Law, Society and Culture, and the Center for Ethnography. Additional co-sponsors forthcoming. Location: Borrego Springs, CA.