Call for Abstracts

The Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago is proud to host the 20th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference. This is an annual graduate student conference hosted 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. 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 International House on the University of Chicago campus on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Students in all academic disciplines are invited to present their original ethnographic research. We take a broad view of 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, medicine, methodology, performance ethnography, race, religion, sexualities, social movements, technology, urban poverty, and work and employment.

The theme of this year’s conference is Life in Trump’s America. In addition to the above noted topics, graduate students are encouraged to submit papers that examine with ethnographic data and qualitative methods the processes, lived experiences, and social impacts of the current presidential administration and the political and cultural forces it represents.

Call for abstracts have ended!

All presenters will be notified of acceptance by Friday, February 2, 2018. Participants will be asked to submit their full papers to the conference committee by Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

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