PhD-Level Course: Ethnographic Fieldwork Methodology

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From fieldwork in Tema, Ghana. Photo: Jørgen Carling

PRIO invites applications for this course, which will be taught in person in Oslo in September 2022. The application deadline is 10 June.

This course prepares participants for conducting ethnographic fieldwork and using fieldwork data in social-science research. It pays particular attention to doing fieldwork in challenging circumstances, such as those that are often encountered in research on peace and conflict, or in the contexts of migration and displacement. The sessions roughly follow the chronology from pre-fieldwork planning to post-fieldwork representation of data, and address both practical and principled concerns at each stage. Rather than attempting to provide blueprint answers, the course seeks to help participants reflect upon the dilemmas of fieldwork and make informed decisions for their own research.

Teaching will take place in person at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Norway. The course is preceded by a course on survey methods in migration research (7–9 September) to enable a foundation for mixed methods. Interested participants must apply separately to each course.

The course is taught by PRIO Research Professors Jørgen Carling and Cindy Horst.

Application deadline: 10 June 2022.

See full announcement and application form.

Download outline of the course: PhD course Ethnographic fieldwork 2022.pdf

Managing editor: Tong Meng

British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Annual Conference

University of Oxford

Co-hosted by Asian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), and the Oxford China Centre.

31st August – 1st September 2022

BACS is pleased to announce that the 2022 Conference of the British Association of Chinese Studies will be held in-person at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Call for papers is now open! Come and meet friends and share your work!

Keynote speakers

Frank Dikotter, Hong Kong University, China After Mao

This talk will present China after Mao, a book which uses hundreds of hitherto unseen documents from municipal and provincial archives in the People’s Republic to examine forty years of so-called “Reform and Opening Up”. The author will cover some of the key episodes in the story of China’s transformation from impoverished Maoist backwater into powerful Marxist-Leninist state.

Jieyu Liu, SOAS, Family Life in Urban China: A Three-Generation Portrait

This talk will draw upon over one hundred life history interviews with three urban generations of men and women to examine how continuities and changes in family life have been shaped by the wider political, socio-economic and demographic transformations since 1949. The portrait it paints offers a forceful alternative narrative to Western modernity theorists’ overly homogenized view of intimacy and family life. 

The call for papers and panel proposals is now open!

To submit a proposal for a paper or a panel please send a word document to bacs@sant.ox.ac.uk

If you want to propose a paper, please put ‘PAPER’ in your email subject line. In your word document please give details of your name, email address and institutional affiliation (departmental and university). Please also state your paper title and provide a 250-word abstract.

If you want to propose a panel, please put ‘PANEL’ in your email subject line. In your word document please give the name, email address and institutional affiliation (departmental and university) of the organizer and each of the presenters. As panels are 90 minutes, it is recommended that panels have four presenters. Please include an abstract to describe the panel overall and then an abstract for each of the papers. Panels need to be diverse and inclusive.

Key dates

  • Call for Papers: Now Open
  • Deadline for submission of proposals (250 words): 3rd June 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: June 2022
  • Registration Opens: 24th June 2022
  • Registration Closes: 5th August 2022
  • Final Programme: early August 2022
  • Conference dates: 31st August – 1st September 2022

Expected conference fees (including catering, refreshments and conference dinner)

 BACS MembersNon-BACS-Members
Student/Unwaged£52£65
Waged£58£95

BACS members are eligible for a reduced conference registration fee. 

How to become a BACS member or to renew your membership

Managing editor: Tong Meng

Call for Papers: Diversity and Epistemological Plurality: Thinking interculturality ‘otherwise’

The 22nd Annual Conference of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) will take place at the Institute of Education of University of Lisbon, Portugal, from 7th to 9th September 2022.

Under the theme “Diversity and Epistemological Plurality: Thinking interculturality ‘otherwise’”, we hope the conference may become a forum for the sharing of thought-provoking perspectives and research around the topics of diversity and interculturality.

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Papers is now open and we invite you to submit your abstracts until 10th May 2022.Inquiries can be sent to the Organising Committee: ialic.conference.2022@gmail.com.

You may find detailed information about the Call for Papers and other topics on the event’s website: http://ialic2022.ie.ulisboa.pt

We are aware of the tight set of deadlines, but we are counting on your proposal submissions to assemble a very exciting and exquisite conference programme.

For now, two very relevant keynote speakers are confirmed: Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Portugal) and Dr. Giuliana Ferri (United Kingdom).

We would be very glad to welcome you in Lisbon, and we are looking forward to receiving your abstract submissions!

Managing editor: Lisa (Zhiyun) Bian

Call for Contributions: Educating Anthropologists for/in the Contemporary World  

Call for Contributions on Teaching Anthropology in China

It has long been suggested that sociocultural anthropology needs to adapt its research methodologies (e.g., Marcus 1998) and adjust its analytical concepts to the current sociopolitical conditions of an altered global situation (e.g., Collier and Ong 2005, Pink and Salazar 2017). Teaching is one of the critical areas where anthropology reproduces itself and where any changes in the discipline should register. We contend, however, that educational practices have not received the scholarly attention they deserve. Despite the fact that most university positions require a considerable amount of teaching, we are evaluated primarily through our publication record, and our teaching achievements become secondary. In teaching, anthropology shifts from a disciplinary practice to the substantive content of pedagogic practice. The depth and engagement with pedagogic issues have not been up to pace with reflections on our methodological and theoretical practice. The recent pandemic has intensified the urgency of these discussions and brought new challenges, dilemmas, and opportunities in teaching and learning anthropology. This global challenge has been met locally in various ways, but primarily by turning to online solutions. 

We stress the need to rethink our educational strategies. How do we as educators respond to the challenges and changes? How do we engage our students in the society that surrounds them? How do we cherish ‘the view from afar’ in our teaching when most of our students do fieldwork ‘at home’? How do we incorporate online platforms and remote pedagogic practices in a discipline that is so grounded in direct interpersonal contact? What is being lost in the shift from personal to e-teaching, e-supervision, and e-evaluation? 

This edited volume on teaching and learning anthropology wishes to explore, compare, and discuss different forms of anthropological engagement and reflect on how anthropological education has been changing over the past 30 years and particularly by the challenges posed by the recent pandemic. We wish to take stock of the current situation, promote a space for sharing, and reflect on how this situation affects the teaching and learning of anthropology in different contexts and levels. We invite papers investigating how anthropology teachers across Europe (and beyond) have tried to engage their students and make anthropology relevant to the contemporary world. We call for contributions that are based on experiences, theoretically embedded, and analytical.

Please send an abstract of 500 words (+ 10 references), framing your argument and specifying your ideas and related literature.

Provide, also, the following information:

  • Author full name(s), 
  • Institutional affiliation(s), 
  • E-mail address(es), 
  • Short biographical note (100-150 words) for each author

Lorenzo Cañás Bottos: canas.bottos@ntnu.no

Jakob Krause-Jensen: jakj@edu.au.dk

Ioannis Manos: imanos@uom.edu.gr

Note: For whom might be interested to contribute, it would be great to have a quick note of interest asap (please email Shuhua shuhua.chen@ntnu.no) before submitting the abstract by the end of this month, 30 April 2022. And also please feel free to contact shuhua.chen@ntnu.no for further details. 

managing editor: Tong Meng

Call for Conference Papers: “China English” or “Chinglish”? Implications for World Englishes in students’ academic writing

University of Manchester, Harwood Room, Barnes Wallis Building
June 14th 2022, 09:00 – 18:00
Free to register

The conference will explore the ways in which grammar and vocabulary as used in overseas students’ writing differ from what is otherwise expected: standard British English. The implication of the idea of World Englishes is that systematic and predictable uses of English by specific groups of language users, while different from standard English, are not errors. This leads to a potential dilemma for both students and lecturers, seen in the questions below, which also serve as potential themes for conference papers (conference papers are not limited to the themes and topics below):

• How can we distinguish between grammatical errors and innovations?

• If the latter, should such grammatical (and lexical) differences be accepted (however defined), or should they be considered ‘wrong’?

• Is difference a ‘deficit’ in any way considering the requirement for standard English against the reality of thousands of foreign students who may indeed have their own variety of English(es) (e.g. Indian English, Ghanaian English, etc.)?

• Are there ways in which students can “teach the teachers” regarding their varieties of English, notably as part of Education programmes, thus allowing for a linguistic – and cultural – exchange?

• Given the conference title, what are the linguistic features – lexis and grammar – that indeed distinguish a recognised variety of English – from random errors?

• What are the political implications for standard inner-circle Englishes? This could involve relevant theory such as linguistic hegemony, symbolic violence, cultural reproduction, linguistic capital.

• How might we approach linguistic codification given the absence of ‘traditional’ means of such for non-inner circle Englishes, especially expanding circle Englishes? For example, the Oxford English Dictionary doesn’t necessarily have a great deal of lexis for expanding circle Englishes, though this is slowly changing.

• Taking a lexicographic approach, what are the key issues regarding online codification, given the proliferation of World Englishes within web- based dictionaries, part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

We welcome empirical, conceptual, or methodological papers. We would also accept topics for proposed workshops. Please submit your abstracts no later than April 19th 2022. The abstracts should be no more than 250 words, excluding references. Please send abstracts to the following email addresses:

alex.baratta@manchester.ac.uk and paul.v.smith@manchester.ac.uk

Also, in your email, please confirm if you plan to attend the conference in person or would prefer to present your paper, if accepted, online. Details regarding online presentations will be sent out to individuals whose papers have been accepted.

The conference will involve paper presentations and workshops. Presentations will last for 30 minutes – 20 minutes for the talk with up to ten minutes for Q & A. As for workshops, we anticipate up to one hour being available.

The conference will involve three tea/coffee breaks, and a buffet lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements, please inform us by email when you submit your abstract.