Workshop | Transdisciplinary Ethnographic Engagements

Apr 28, 2022Apr 29, 2022
303 Burr Hall (invite only)
Event Description

Keynote Speakers and Discussants:

April 28th - Dr. John Hartigan, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
April 29th - Dr. Ashley Carse, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University

This hybrid workshop will explore ethnographic engagements across disciplines and analytical scales focused on ecological and environmental issues in the Global South. We define the Global South as sites and localities shaped by enduring power differentials and structural forces (i.e., colonial legacies, pollution, militarization, deterioration/destruction of the environment, uneven economic divisions, health/biomedical inequalities). In a world of growing widespread precarity, environmental ruination, and forms of unmediated uncertainty, social scientific and humanistic research increasingly demands ethnographic analysis shaped by multiple modes of inquiry. What kinds of ethnographies emerge through transdisciplinary modes of engagement in differently situated ecological and historical conjunctures? How are our interlocutors, informants, collaborators, and other actants mobilizing and interacting with shifting material and structural scales? What kinds of ethnographies do our collaborators demand to make visible and open up possible social worlds and forms or relating and surviving vis-a-vis pressing ecological concerns?

This workshop invites submissions from junior scholars at Princeton and from other institutions whose ethnographic work engages with ecologies, natureculture, climate change, science and technology, environmental in/justice, racialized geographies, public health interventions, and human-non-human entanglements. We ask that participants share aspects of their ethnographic work (2,500 to 3,500 words) and welcome papers from the environmental humanities; multispecies perspectives; experimental and multimodal ethnography; political ecology; Science and Technology Studies; postcolonial, decolonial, anticolonial approaches; and Caribbean and Latin American Studies. We ask that papers be pre-circulated by March 30th. Please limit pre-circulated papers to 2,500 to 3,500 words.

For inquiries or more information, contact Dr. Alberto Morales: