18th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference

UPDATE: A big thank you to all keynote speakers, participants, discussants, the planning committee, sponsors, and all registered attendees who made last year’s conference a success! Please stay tuned for this year’s conference details!

General Info: The upcoming 18th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference will be held on the campus of DePaul University by the Department of Sociology on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.

This annual graduate student conference is hosted on a rotating basis by one of several Chicago-area Sociology departments, including DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference provides an opportunity for graduate students to share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback from faculty and other graduate students based in the Chicago area and beyond.

2016 Conference Theme: “Beyond the Case Study: Connecting Theory and Generalizability”

Keynote Speakers


Michael Burawoy
Professor, University of California-Berkeley
Author, Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Monopoly Capitalism


Claudio Benzecry
Associate Professor, Northwestern University
Author, The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession