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Masterclass Series – Ethnography

We are offering Ethnography as part of the ISJ Masterclass Series and the PhDSPT Research Methodologies course. 

This Masterclass is suitable for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and activists who would like to learn how to incorporate Ethnography as a methodology into their work.

When: 17 and 24 February 2017, 10 – 3pm

Where: Level 12, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney

Lecturer: Dr Lia Haro


***Please note the change in venue***


Scholars in myriad disciplines who hunger for human engagement in their scholarship have increasingly adopted ethnography as a mode of knowledge production that is grounded in experiential, embodied, self-reflective and empathetic dwelling with living individuals and communities. Too often, in the absence of deeper understanding of the history and debates through which ethnography has evolved, many would-be ethnographers reduce the art to a mere “method” interpreted as a loose commitment to “being there,” participant observation and informal interviews. In this masterclass, we will explore a more rigorous understanding and experience of ethnography as much more than a “method”. Instead, we approach ethnography as both an epistemology—a way of knowing—and ontology—a way of being. Unlike other forms of knowledge production that claim to “know” the object of inquiry, good ethnography involves being intimately and humbly attuned and receptive to the partial, excessive, contradictory and messy dimensions of life as it is lived, emerges and unfolds betwixt and between humans, non-humans and the material world. Through readings of classic as well as contemporary theories of ethnography with embodied ethnographic exercises, participants will deepen their understanding both of this unique mode of knowledge production and of their own academic projects.

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