Doing Ethnography

In this course we are concerned with the practice or craft of doing ethnographic research. If ethnography earlier has been the trademark of anthropology, scholars in related academic fields now use ethnographic research methods. With the increased popularity of ethnography and with overall transformations of contemporary societies, the traditional format of long-term fieldwork in a single location is now complemented with or exchanged for various novel ways of doing ethnography, for example, multisited ethnography, sensory ethnography, digital ethnography, autoethnography, ethnographic interviewing and multispecies ethnography. With this proliferation of approaches, we are faced with basic questions of what ultimately constitutes ethnographic research and how to best pursue it. Should physical presence or “being there”, for example, still be regarded as the privileged mode of getting to know what people are up to? 

Beppe doing ethnography
Beppe Karlsson doing ethnography

Syllabus VT24 (21 Kb)

As outlined in the syllabus, the course has two parts, one week with lectures and seminars at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, and a second week with fieldwork in Norberg, Bergslagen. The fieldwork will thematically focus on the recent outbreak of African Swine Fever in Västmanland county. The course is open for all PhD students, but with priority for those in social and cultural anthropology.

The course is planned for April 8 to April 19 (with a final seminar and paper submission on the 3rd of May) of 2024.

Please email Beppe Karlsson to register for the course or inquire about further information.



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