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Introducing Laura Carvalho, the Lab’s new co-Coordinator!
Ethnography Lab / Updates

Introducing Laura Carvalho, the Lab’s new co-Coordinator!

The @EthnographyLab team is happy to welcome our new co-coordinator for the 2022-2023 academic year, Laura Carvalho! Laura is PhD student in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Toronto with an enthusiasm for rivers, anarchism and imaginary politics. Laura holds an MPhil from the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum, Federal University of Rio … Continue reading

Ethnographic Practicum Assignment Topics
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Ethnographic Practicum Assignment Topics

The challenge we often face while incorporating ethnography in undergraduate classes is that most students find it difficult to narrow down their interests and choose a specific topic for their assignment. Far from limiting students’ choices, this list of suggested topics helps students get a sense of how they can structure their project, choose a field-site, or suspend the tyranny of choice. The list we offer here is designed for a course with a focus on social movements, yet it serves as a template for you to modify and change as you fit. Most of the suggested topics here are designed for a major course assignment (these could weigh up to 15% or 20% of the final course grade). Continue reading

Tips for TAs on Teaching Ethnography
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Tips for TAs on Teaching Ethnography

As TAs, you have a major role in supporting students every step along their ethnographic journey. While many of these tips might apply equally to teaching other non-ethnographic courses, we advise you to be extra friendly, present, patient, and supportive in teaching ethnographic courses. We share an engaging infographic here that will be helpful in your teaching experiences. Continue reading

Ethics Forms Templates for Ethnographic Research
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Ethics Forms Templates for Ethnographic Research

Depending on the type of ethnographic research your students will undertake, you might need to obtain an ethics approval from the Ethical Review Board (ERB) in your university. In some cases, you might have an internal/delegated ethics review board in your department which will be responsible for reviewing your ethics documents. We share some templates here that will help you with your own ethics documents & applications. Continue reading

Ethnographic Practicum Workshop Slides
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Ethnographic Practicum Workshop Slides

If you decide to incorporate an ethnographic practicum component in your undergraduate course, we recommend that you spend one class (or more) during the first few weeks of the semester introducing ethnography to your students. We share some slides here that walk students through the major steps in their ethnographic journey. These can serve as an inviting quick guide to ethnography. The slides include a list of ethnographic methods such as interviewing and media analysis, challenges of beginning fieldwork, tips to choosing a field-site and writing field-notes, and reflections on positionality. Continue reading

Multispecies Speaker Series: Vernacularizing Nature with Kajri Jain, April 29th and May 2
Events / Multispecies Ethnography Group

Multispecies Speaker Series: Vernacularizing Nature with Kajri Jain, April 29th and May 2

We would like to invite you for our next event in the Multispecies Ethnography Series—a discussion titled “Vernacularizing Nature: Plasticities of the ‘Eco’ in India’s Public Parks” with Prof. Kajri Jain (Art History/ Visual Studies, University of Toronto) on May 2nd at 3 pm EST. This discussion follows Prof. Jain’s talk with the same title … Continue reading

RESCHEDULED: Ethnographic Variations Speaker Series: Mitchell Akiyama
Ethnographic Variations Group / Updates

RESCHEDULED: Ethnographic Variations Speaker Series: Mitchell Akiyama

Mitchell Akiyama’s discussion with the Ethnographic Variations Working Group has been rescheduled for April 11th at 11:30 am ET. Special Guest: Mitchell Akiyama Date/Time: April 11, 11:30 am ET About: Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based scholar, composer, and artist. His eclectic body of work includes writings about sound, metaphors, animals, and media technologies; scores for film and … Continue reading