A Three-Day Workshop for PhD candidates with Paul Stoller, Professor at West Chester University
Organised by: Kristina Dohrn, Britta Rutert, Judith Schühle, Nasima Selim and Mechthild von Vacano
A cooperation between the BGSMCS and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin
The aim of this three-day workshop is to introduce doctoral students to the fundamental features and essential practices of ethnography and ethnographic blogging in the contemporary world. During the workshop students will learn what distinguishes ethnography from other forms of academic and nonfiction representation. The technique of “Weaving the World,” the seamless linkage of ethnographic description to social analysis will be presented. Students will be asked to read examples from the work of ethnographers who have, in various ways,attempted to use this technique to evoke social worlds through the exposition of space/place, character, and dialogue. These are strategies that ethnographic writers can use to ensure that readers come to know a people who live in a particular place. During the workshop students will asked to write culture. The instructor will outline ethnographic (and blogging) writing practices—the “tricks of the trade.” He will then ask the students to begin to “Weave the World” by writing (1) short descriptions of space/place, dialogues, and character portraits (2) combine those elements into a short ethnographic essay that captures in prose the texture of place/space, characters and/or those elements as they are expressed during an event and (3) produce a blog on an issue of contemporary importance.
09.02.2017 - 11.02.2017
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
Freie Universität Berlin