Critical Ethnographic Research Seminar

17-18-19 September 2018: Critical Ethnography and Feminist Epistemology

This interdisciplinary intensive course provides a post-graduate level introduction to critical ethnography based on a feminist epistemology. The course brings into focus feminist ethnographic perspectives, both in theoretical approaches and practical application. The course will consist of three training days with lectures that introduce theoretical concepts and master classes that focus on how to sync up theory and practice. Key features of ethnographic research are (1) fieldwork over a prolonged period of time, (2) utilizing different methods, (3) within the setting of the participants and (4) involving the researcher in participation and observation (Skeggs 2000). These key features make ethnography an ideal fit with a feminist research ethics and epistemology. Feminist epistemology has done important work to bring to the fore an understanding of knowledge as situated and contextually bound. Underpinned by a critical and/or social-constructivist paradigm, feminist critical ethnography is a theoretical position that assumes the contextualised nature of human actions, is committed to complexity, intersectionality and contradiction and takes a reflexive stance towards the role of researchers.

Three prominent scholars who have extensively written about feminist ethnographic methodology have been invited to address key epistemological and theoretical challenges and opportunities that emerge in ethnographic research. During the master classes, students will have the opportunity to discuss practical problems they encounter in their own research practice. Through presentations and roundtable discussion, instructors and students collectively explore how to translate the theoretical approaches into concrete methods and strategies.

The course is open to students from a variety of disciplines (including anthropology, sociology, sociolinguistics, criminology, area studies, history, political studies, education, psychology, arts and architecture, social and cultural geography) who use (or consider using) ethnographic research methods in their research.

For information about the programme, lectures, master classes, and practical information, browse the left hand column.