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Virtual Ethnography

Activities around Virtual Ethnography

New Virtual Ethnography blog
The existence of this blog is in large part due to a visit to colleagues in Barcelona in May 2007. Following their example and encouragement, we are taking up a new practice, in the hope that this blog will provide the opportunity to explore another mediation of our work (besides articles and our website), to develop a voice, and to play with digital objects. It may also be a way to communicate and share within the virtual ethnography collaboratory of the VKS and across VKS projects in which ethnography figures prominently. In the first instance, it will serve as support for the upcoming event in Amsterdam.
You can find the blog by following this link:
http://vksethno.wordpress.com/

Working papers in virtual ethnography

Virtual Ethnography & Co
22 June 2007

The title of this working day is meant to invoke multiple associations.

First, '& co' can be read as 'and company' so that this term signals the inclusiveness of what we mean by virtual ethnography. This event is the opportunity to exchange with other scholars about your work on and around social and cultural phenomena that are bound up with technologies. Virtual ethnography is posited as a network of methods, not as a purist mode of fieldwork.

Second, 'co' can also be read as a prefix. The themes of co- construction of the field and of technologies and the motif of co- presence were also manifest in the Virtual Ethnography Workshop of September 2006.

Participants and authors are therefore invited to think about virtual ethnography in terms of association and continuity that is evoked by the prefix 'co'. This proposal also aims to playfully move the discussion away from notions of on/off and purported discontinuity introduced by technology.

The idea is to have a one day meeting around series of texts (work in progress, book or thesis chapters, proposals, etc), and to exchange intensively and constructively about them. The group will be small, about 12-15 people max, and everyone will have a role, either contributing a text or commenting on one. Texts will be circulated ahead of time, so that each paper can receive feedback from two respondents and from the other participants in a discussion. Selected abstracts will be featured on the VKS website, and we hope that authors will exploit the online location (e.g. by hyperlinking to other relevant online content or resources or showing their objects of research). Support for developing these abstracts as digital objects will therefore be made available.

The day will end with drinks and dinner. Some financial support is available for travel within the Netherlands, childcare and accommodation. If you would like to participate, please send an email detailing your motivation and area of research. If you would like to contribute a text, please send an email to anne.beaulieu@vks.knaw.nl with your motivation and an extended abstract (500-800 words) by 16 April 2007.

Important dates:
expression of interest or abstracts:16 April 2007
development of website for selected abstracts 23 April to 15 May
full papers due 21 May
event: 22 June

4S meeting in Montreal


A session on ethnographic methods is being planned for the upcoming 4S meeting in Montreal. http://www.4sonline.org/meeting.htm. Organisers: TL Taylor (IT University of Copenhagen) and Anne Beaulieu (VKS). Deadline 28 January 2007.


Call for papers for special issue of Forum for Qualitative Research.


Please see further information at FQS
http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs-e/CfP_07-3-e.htm
editors are:
   Daniel DomÍnguez, Open and Distance University of Spain, UNED,    Spain
   Adolfo Estalella, Open University of Catalonia, UOC, Spain
   Edgar GÓmez, Open University of Catalonia, UOC, Spain
   Anne Beaulieu, Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and    Social Sciences
   Rosie Read, Centre for Qualitative Research, Bournemouth University,    England
   Bernt Schnettler, TU Berlin, Sociology Institute, Germany


Virtual Ethnography in Contemporary Science


Workshop, Amsterdam, 27-29 September 2006
This workshop aims to focus attention on challenges posed to ethnographic methods by the new digital and electronic media. It will be of interest to scholars engaged in ethnographic research which touches on digital media as well as other social scientists studying globalization and cultural change, digital communication, or cultures of digital media. The workshop forms part of the ongoing programme of the Virtual Knowledge Studio to study and stimulate new research practices in the humanities and social sciences. The organising committee is made up of Christine Hine (U. of Surrey), Marjolein van Asselt (U. of Maastricht), Anne Beaulieu and Ernst Thoutenhoofd (VKS-KNAW). This event is funded by a conference grant from the KNAW and by the VKS.

More information and the call for participants can be found by following the links below.
Programme
Confirmed Speakers
Call for Papers
List of Participants
Abstracts



Important Dates

Early May: Call for proposals -- now closed
15 June: Deadline for submissions -- now closed
12 July: Call for participants -- open
27-28-29 September: Event in Amsterdam

Information for Speakers and Participants

The workshop will be held at the International Institute of Social History.
For route descriptions, see http://www.iisg.nl/address.php


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