Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

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Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

17 – 19 November 2010

University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Kia ora koutou (Greetings to everyone)!

New Zealand’s first international ethnography hui will give participants the opportunity to meet with like-minded researchers and experience the rich cultural tradition that is Aoteaoroa, New Zealand.  The hui, or conference gathering, will take place at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand from 17-19 November, 2010, with exciting pre-conference workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 16 November 2010.  There is a stunning list of four cutting-edge keynote speakers—Norman K. Denzin, Linda Tuwihai Smith, Elspeth Probyn, and Neil Drew—who will challenge and invigorate delegates, and are looking forward to this exciting time together!

The hui has three key threads;

  • Emerging Methods: traditional, experimental, transgressive forms
  • Practice and Advocacy: doing ethnography on the ground
  • Social Justice and Transformation: theoretical ethnographic visions

This quadrennial conference welcomes all forms of engagement in ethnographic disciplinary practice, and aims to stimulate rich intellectual discourse.  Researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines of law, anthropology, education, health, management/business, psychology, sociology, cultural, and gender studies and – any other discipline where ethnography advances our understanding of the way groups and individuals interact and live their lives into being – are invited to submit papers. Contributors are invited to experiment with traditional ethnography, as well as new methodologies – and with new presentational formats such as drama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, and fiction.Presenters’ papers will be considered for a peer-reviewed compilation of four to five presentations per thread.

You are invited to submit your abstracts online.  Please browse through the conference website for more information:  about Hamilton, New Zealand; about the University of Waikato (and the School of Education), our primary sponsors; about the thematic threads offered during this meeting; and about how to submit your abstracts for sessions (this link is now live!);