Adaptive Ethnographies for a 21st Century Sociology

A BSA Postgraduate Forum Regional Event

1 June 2018
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Paul Atkinson (Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Alex Rhys-Taylor (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Call for Papers

We invite postgraduate students to submit abstracts for the upcoming conference ‘Adaptive Ethnographies for a 21st Century Sociology’.  Ethnography has a long and protracted history within Sociology and other Social Science disciplines. It has now been widely acknowledged that ethnographic fieldwork is not what it used to be, and that it is not always desirable or feasible to reproduce older forms of doing ethnography. Such a break-away from the classical anthropological design of ethnography has been facilitated by imperatives of time and funding, as well as by the fact that certain aspects of contemporary social life are not susceptible to be harnessed through those methods. A plethora of innovative, experimental and adaptive ethnographies have emerged in direct response to those changes, taking the form of focused ethnography, auto-ethnography, sensory ethnography, performative ethnography, netnography, and visual ethnography among others.  This conference aims to bring together postgraduate students using such adaptive, innovative, and experimental ethnographies, and to forge dialogues for a 21st century Sociology. We invite papers that speak directly to the theme of the conference, offering reflections on the application of such methodologies in the field.

Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words along with short biographical notes to Utsa Mukherjee by 31 March 2018.

Important Dates

Abstracts submission deadline: 31 March 2018
Decisions communicated by: 15 April 2018
Date of the conference: 1 June 2018

Registration Fees

BSA members: £5
Non-BSA Members: £15