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.
Subscribe to the Center’s mailing list and get in touch to participate in this year’s annual projects.
Visualizing Toxic Subjects Working Group Meetings
Sessions are now being held at UCI for Visualizing Toxic Subject participants to meet on a regular basis to discuss our VTS images and work together to develop a useful terminology for discussing both toxicity and different modes of ethnographic visualization. All participants are welcome to join us in person or by calling in online to work collaboratively on our images and captions. If calling in online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can set up a Zoom meeting.
Session 3: Monday, February 18th. Time TBD. Email email@example.com for more details.
Session 2: Monday, February 11th from 10:00-12:00 pm in Room 3200 of the Social and Behavioral Science Gateway.
Session 1: Monday, February 4th from 12:00-2:00 pm in Room 3200 of the Social and Behavioral Science Gateway.
We are also encouraging participants to read and briefly annotate two of our suggested readings, “Dead Citizen” and the Abject Nation and On Ethnographic Surrealism. In your annotation, please respond to the following analytic question: “What does this piece suggest about possibilities for visualization in ethnography?”
March 21, 2019: Paraethnographic Film (see flyer to the right)
April 25, 2019: Experimental Ethnography Working Group Dinner
May 31, 2019: Visualizing Toxic Subjects Galley Exhibit
More details will be posted closer to the date of these events.
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.
- Thematic Seminar: Visualization Across Disciplines
- Design Project: Visualizing Toxic Subjects
- Field Works Project: Soiled Grounds
Teaching about money's origins--and its possible cryptographic futures--with Proto-cuneiform
February 12, 2019
Bill Maurer, anthropology and law, via guest post with the Crews Project
Movements over time
February 11, 2019
David Snow, Distinguished Professor of sociology and a world-renowned expert on social movements, has a new book out