Ethnography Otherwise. Storytelling and the Ordinary

Thursday 26 May 2022 (14:00-16:00)
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Often associated with anthropology, ethnography is both a research method and a genre of writing.

As a method, it is characterised by long-term engagement with the field, and direct participation in the lives of the communities and individuals whose experiences and perspectives ethnographers seek to document. As a genre, ethnography speaks the language of the ordinary and the everyday. It is a form of storytelling that documents dominant assumptions, but also questions and challenges them.

In this workshop, we will learn from the ordinary and think of ethnography as tool to expand our shared vocabulary of the possible, the social, the moral, the cultural and the political. We will seek to reimagine ethnography not just as a tool for describing what is, but also for envisaging what can be.

Performances, readings and storytelling by: Jose Sherwood Gonzalez, Orkideh Behrouzan, Lana Askari, Lee Campbell, Alexandros Plasatis, Niharika Pandit, Mathew Cerf and Ana Gutierrez

Roundtable on storytelling and ethnography with: Anand Pandian, Aman Sethi, Cristina Ubah Ali Farah, Helena Wullf and the OtherwiseMag Collective