Later this Summer a special issue of the journal Ethnologia Europaea on ”Irregular Ethnographies” will be launched. The volume is edited by Tom O’Dell and Robert Willim and includes texts from among others Sarah Pink, Richard Wilk, Billy Ehn and Kirsti Mathiesen Hjemdahl.
From The Back Cover:
”Ethnography has become something of a buzzword in recent years. It is talked about and invoked in disciplines ranging from anthropology and ethnology to literature, history, business administration and design studies. Textbooks that teach ethnography tend to imbue students with the impression that ethnography is a mode of systematic investigation by which the researcher gets closer to the realities of people’s everyday lives. But how straightforward are these processes in reality?
As ethnography spreads into new folds of research both within and without the academy, the contributions in this volume demonstrate the manner in which field methods are adjusting, transforming or taking new forms altogether. If textbooks might lead students to believe that observations and interviews are the grounds upon which “good” ethnography can regularly be produced, the authors in this volume take as their point of departure the realization that ethnography is being used in a multitude of different contexts which forces them – and us as readers – to question the “regularities” and “irregularities” of their own work.”
Download a PDF-version of: Irregular Ethnographies (introduction) by Tom O’Dell and Robert Willim
…an initiative to form a Knowledge Node and extended Network around questions, practices, and pedagogy of Ethnography. The aim is to gather information and to spark new innovative approaches to ethnography as a practice, method, and mode of representation. One of the central points is to let practitioners both within and without the Academia learn from each other.
EthNo is an international network with its central node in Lund, southern Sweden. It offers the possibility of connecting people and organizations from around the world that are working with ethnography, or are interested in learning more about its capabilities. It was started in June 2011 by Tom O’Dell and Robert Willim at The Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden.