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Crafting Ethnography

This conference inquires into the craft of ethnographic writing in dialogue with a group of experienced ethnographers.

2019.03.20 | Lise Wendelboe

Date Thu 11 Apr
Time 09:00 16:30
Location Nobelsalen, 1485-123, Jens Chr. Schousvej 4, 8000 Aarhus

Ethnography is about writing — about conveying a sense of life, presence and attention and using detailed descriptions to establish analytical points that engage our imagination and extend our perceptions of worlds - both strange and familiar. This conference inquires into the craft of ethnographic writing in dialogue with a group of experienced ethnographers, who have been asked to open the doors to their workshops to explore personal experiences, analytical ambitions, genre aspirations, past and present writing practices and challenges – all with an eye to ethnography as a fine-tuned tool for educating attention and imagination and causing thought in writer and reader alike.

09.00-09.30:  Arrival

09.30-09.45: Welcome v/ Sally Anderson and Jakob Krause-Jensen

09.45-10.45: 'A dog's life': the role of subjective experience in anthropological writing, Line Dalsgård, Aarhus University, DK

10.55-12.10: KEYNOTE: Working with the Artisans’ Cord:  Stories in the Shaping of Ethnography, Kirin Narayan, ANU, Canberra, AUS

12.10-13.00: Lunch (can be bought at Nobelparkens Canteen)

13.00-14.00: Towards an anthropological appreciation of silence as an ethnographic key, Nigel Rapport, University of St. Andrews, UK

14.05-15.05: Unconventional crafters. Keeping boundaries and going beyond, Inger Sjørslev, Copenhagen University, DK

15.10-16.10: The anthropologist as editor: understanding the specifics and universals of policy, Nina Vohnsen, Aarhus University, DK

16.10-16.30:  Wrapping it up

All are welcome.

Attendance is free but please sign up before April 8th.

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