The Entangled Ethnographer: Fortuitous Blunders and Other Unexpected Outcomes of Participant Observation.

11 June 2010, 14:00 - 17:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Registration online via the link at the top right hand side of this page. Free of charge. Limited places.

Conveners 

Stéphane Gros (Centre for Himalayan Studies, CNRS, France)
Mireille Mazard
(University of Cambridge)


Summary

Ethnograpic research is increasingly valued across the social sciences.  Its growing cachet goes hand-in-hand with a movement towards reflexivity, as researchers cultivate an awareness of their role in creating rather than simply discovering evidence.  But what of blunders, accidents, and other forms of personal involvement that are not always in the researcher's control -- how do these shape our findings?  This workshop considers the “entanglements” at the heart of participant observation in the People's Republic of China, exploring the cultural and political conditions of ethnography in a state socialist setting.

Speakers

Stéphane Gros (Centre for Himalayan Studies, CNRS, France)
From Injuction to Objectification: Local Issues Surrounding an Endangered New Year Ritual

Mireille Mazard (University of Cambridge, MIASU / Department of Social Anthropology)
Memory Work on Maoism: The Necessity of Entanglement

Katherine Swancutt
(University of Oxford)
The Shaman’s Ethnographic Dream: On the Anthropology of Chinese Ethnology and Struggles Over a Treasure Trove of Texts

Discussant

Sara Shneiderman (University of Cambridge, St Catharine's College)

 

The workshop will be followed by a wine reception in CRASSH.

Attendance is free, but places are limited, advance registration is preferable.

A reading will be made available upon registration.

To reserve a place and receive the reading, please click the Booking Email link on the top right hand of this page.


For more information about the group please visit:
Modern China RG external website
(CRASSH in not responsible for the content of external internet sites)

Administrative assistance: Esther Lamb (Grad/Fac Programme Manager)

Friday 11 June 2010

 

13.30 - 14.00

Registration (Coffee provided)

14.00 - 14.05

Welcome and Introduction
Mireille Mazard (University of Cambridge)

14.05 - 14.50

Stéphane Gros (Centre for Himalayan Studies, CNRS, France)
From Injuction to Objectification: Local Issues Surrounding an Endangered New Year Ritual

14.50 - 15.20

Mireille Mazard (University of Cambridge, MIASU / Department of Social Anthropology)
Memory Work on Maoism: The Necessity of Entanglement 

15.20 - 15.40

Tea/Coffee Break

15.40 - 16.25

Katherine Swancutt (University of Oxford)
The Shaman’s Ethnographic Dream: On the Anthropology of Chinese Ethnology and Struggles Over a Treasure Trove of Texts

16.25 - 16.35

Discusssant
Sara Shneiderman
(St Catherine's College, University of Cambridge)

Concluding remarks

16.35 - 17.00

Questions and Discussion


17.00  Wine Reception