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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.132

Epistemic movement of Ethnography to Method


  • Dr. Subhashim GOSWAMI

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What does it mean to reflect on being a participant practitioner of an ethnographic engagement that one had carried out to ethnographizing the participation as a practice of method? My paper would like to present the workings of one particular art/experimental research method project called Zariyein which simultaneously straddled being an art project in its working an execution while also being a method for an ethnographic research exercise. The same project found its way, seven years later into a thesis on methodology which sought to ask how as practitioners of the discipline of sociology/social anthropology do we construct our objects of inquiry? This paper in presenting an ethnography of a method would like to argue how any method, if seen in terms of the way it works itself out, constantly negotiates its own making while trying to unravel the object it seeks to decipher. Positioning my own self as an ethnographer and a participant practitioner and writing on the making of an ethnography as a researcher at a later stage reveals how method adapts itself in creating the object it seeks to unravel as much as an object is constantly shaped and inflected by the method one adopts. The principle being one of mutual constitution. Zariyein as an experimental research/art practice becomes illustrative of this principle and my paper seeks to present this ethnography of a method in retrospect.