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Workshop: The Afterlife of Fieldnotes

Thursday, October 27th, 5-6:30pm

The Ethnography Lab is pleased to launch its 2016-2017 Workshop Series.

squatter-clearance-diamond-hill-1984We (Josephine Smart and Alan Smart) will focus on the afterlife of fieldnotes and their intersections with confidential Hong Kong government documents, rather than their use in the original project for which they were collected.  In particular, we will address their current research project which is taking advantage of the Hong Kong policy of making confidential government documents available after 30 years.  Our research for our doctoral degrees at U of T began 33 years ago, so we are beginning to work on government documents relevant to our projects on the clearance of squatter areas (Alan Smart) and unauthorized street vending (Josephine Smart).  We will address the potential value of bringing ethnographic field research and archival documents on the same topics together.  We will also provide examples of our recent analyses of some of the issues raised by some of the government documents we have located.

Workshop Facilitators: Josephine Smart (PhD, U of Toronto, 1987), Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary, and Alan Smart, (PhD, U of Toronto, 1986), Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary

Join us in the Ethnography Lab Seminar Room, located in the Anthropology Building, room 330, on  Thursday Oct. 27th from 5-6:30pm for stimulating discussion.

This series is FREE and OPEN to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Jessika Tremblay at for more information.

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