The Creative Ethnology Studio is a collaborative venture initiated by the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University, and the Scottish Ethnology team at the University of Edinburgh.

The 2019 events formed part of the Being Human festival. 

The Creative Ethnology Studio was established following the inaugural lecture by Edinburgh University's Gary West (30 November 2016), on 'Performing Testimony: towards a creative ethnology for the 21st century', as a joint seminar/workshop series with the aim of facilitating a network of researchers interested in exploring the creative aspects and potentials of ethnological practice.  

The first collaborative event, Who is Precarious Now? An Exploration of Homing Through Art, a workshop led by IRC-Associate Dr Victoria Walters (UWE Bristol), was held on Friday, 20 January 2017.

The second was an outdoor event in Dundee, exploring Walking Tours as Live Essays of Place and Movement, led by Dr Erin Catriona Farley (Strathclyde), on Monday, 19 June 2017.

Members of the network also held a workshop as part of the Expressing the Earth conference of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics later that week, discussing connections between geopoetics and creative ethnology.

The third Creative Ethnology Studio was held at 16:15-18:15 hrs on Wednesday, 21 March 2018, at Heriot-Watt University, attracting some twenty participants. IRC-member Michael Richardson (Heriot-Watt) introduced his theatre practice-as-research project exploring the interdependence of theatrical performance and the performativity of everyday life, in the context of Deaf and Hearing cultures. 

The fourth Creative Ethnology Studio took place at 17:00-19:00 hrs on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the University of Edinburgh as part of the Sustainable Communities Heritage Festival. Alistair Mackie (Heriot-Watt) and Jos Collins (Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh) explored creative approaches to musical heritages, drawing on the School of Scottish Studies archives.

In 2019, a series of seven events (including a Creative Ethnology ceilidh at the Scottish Storytelling Centre) formed part of the UK-wide Being Human festival of the humanities.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was only one Creative Ethnology event in 2020, a keynote and roundtable held online at 14:00-16:30 hrs on Friday, 3 July 2020, in place of the FEECA (Folklore, Ethnology, Ethnomusicology Conference Aberdeen). The keynote by IRC associate member, Dr Mairi McFadyen, can be found here

The first Creative Ethnology event in 2021 was a seminar on 3 March by Dr Iain Biggs on Creative Engagement with Ecologies of Place. This was held online. Details can be found here.

There is now a Creative Ethnology Facebook page.

Our People

Regional Expertise: China, Germany
Research Interests: history, literature, memory
Regional Expertise: Germany, United Kingdom
Research Interests: living cultural heritage, performance
Regional Expertise: United Kingdom
Research Interests: employment, gender, migration, non-human animals