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Ethnographers' Gathering (2)

DTD12:00-3:30pm on Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus

Following the first gathering on 18 June, most people said or wrote in their feedback that it would be good to know more about what colleagues are doing and "where they're coming from" in terms of ethnographic work. At this second gathering, three colleagues – Claudia Angelelli, Robert MacIntosh and Kate Sang – will introduce their work, reflecting on their experience with different research contexts and ethnographic purposes. Where appropriate, they will also touch on one or more of the four key issues that were identified in the feedback as topics of special interest for future sessions:

• ethnographic vs. experimental approaches

• ethical dilemmas of informal material ('data') collection and participant observation

• action research - definition, purposes, key features and some examples

• key principles of ethnography (rather than just ethnographic methods)

The presentations and individual discussions will be followed by a more general exchange in which we can compare/contrast the three examples and reflect on how they relate to other colleagues' own experience of ethnography.

Attendance is free but places are limited. Please contact Prof. Ullrich Kockel for further details.