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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Workshop

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.3

Ethnography as Emergence (Part 1)


  • Subhashim GOSWAMI
  • Radhika RAO

Primary authors


"Ethnography as Emergence" workshop will use performative strategies and sensory engagement with material objects in a collaborative mode to invite reflection on how ethnography is not the same as field work and how the constitution of what may be considered an ethnographic object remains forever in constitution. If ethnography is a a mode of graphising the field (the ethnos) then one can argue howethnography constructs or carves out one particular object from a field of possibilities. The eventual object that gets carved or made through the doing of ethnography never achieves a fixed and determinate coherence in the shape that it eventually assumes. All ethnographies remain at the realm of being made, amenable to our grasp, and the only way for us to think about this process would be to understand the logic and rationale of its making. This workshop will demonstrate how ethnography is a essentially a logic of making by working with the idea of carving stories in between what one hears and what one writes about what one hears. We will do this through the performative mode. The material sensorium of locating a listenership also weaves itself centrally in to the narrative that gets carved as ethnography. We will demonstrate this logic by showing how any material is always in a transformative relationship with its own materiality. By fusing these two strains together, the workshop will argue and demonstrate how ethnography therefore as an object always exists in a strain of its own emergence.

Number of participants: 12
Duration of the workshop: 210 min
Pre-registration is required: Yes (Via the registration system)
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