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The Ethnography Circle

November 2016—March 2017
Making Waves: the Aftermath and ‘Impact’ of Ethnography

The Circle is a series of informal, multidisciplinary discussions which alternate presentations by leading ethnographers with group sessions where participants reflect on ethnographic research practices. The Circle will run in term 1 and 2 of the academic year 2016-17. Participation is open to all Warwick students/faculty and is extended to students from other DTCs. This is the third edition of the event which is organized by the IKON research group.

As hinted by the title “Making Waves: The Aftermath and ‘Impact’ of Ethnography,” this year we will explore exactly what happens when fieldwork concludes. Ethnography takes place through a dialogue between the researcher and those who make up the field investigated in a relationship with unclear consequences.

This important yet often overlooked aspect of ethnography is what we plan to focus on. In five meetings we will discuss how ethnographers exit the field, present their findings to informants and the outside world, and what outcomes might ensue. We plan to draw on the experience of the audience, cases of ethnographers dealing with the (good and bad) outcomes of their work, and the expertise of guests whose work illustrates these issues.


2 Nov 2016 Seminar with Chiara Garattini (Intel) [please note this meeting starts at 3.30pm in the Library Seminar Room on the second floor of the main library]

7 Dec 2016 Group Discussion: Stories of the Ethnography After Life

11 Jan 2017 Seminar with Maria do Mar Pereira (Warwick)

8 Feb 2017 Group Discussion: The Trials of Alice Goffman

15 Mar 2017 Seminar with Anne-Laure Fayard (NYU)


All events are held from 3-4.30pm in the Wolfson Research Exchange in the University of Warwick library (except for the first event - see above). Location details can be found here.

Who can participate?

Admission is free and open to students from other institutions.

For information and to register please contact



Organised by Pedro Monteiro and Davide Nicolini with the support of:

UoW ESRC Doctoral Training Centre



A copy of the flyer for the series can be found here (PDF Document)