Call for Abstracts

On the Ground: Ethnography and Contemporary Social Crises.

The Sociology department and the Graduate Student Council at the University of Illinois at Chicago is proud to host the 19th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference. This is an annual graduate student conference hosted by one of several Chicago-based Sociology departments, including Northwestern, the University of Chicago, DePaul, Loyola, Notre Dame, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Northern Illinois University.  It provides a venue through which graduate students can share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area.

This year’s conference will be held at Student Center West on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Students in all academic disciplines are invited to present their original ethnographic research. Papers can be based on a variety of ethnographic methods, including but not limited to: field observation, in-depth interviews, focus group interviews, autoethnography, visual ethnography, and other forms of qualitative research. Papers in all substantive areas are welcome. In the past, presentation topics have included culture, class, crime, education, ethnicity, gender, family, globalization, health and illness, immigration, inequality, medicine, methodology, performance ethnography, race, religion, sexualities, social movements, technology, rural and/or urban poverty, and work and employment.

The theme of this year’s conference is On the Ground: Ethnography and Contemporary Social Crises.  In addition to the above noted topics, graduate students are encouraged to submit papers that speak to and engage with pressing social issues including, but not limited to, policing, global refugee crises, mass detention and deportation, violence against trans* people, and Indigenous land rights.

Submissions are Closed for this year!

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