What did we Learn from the Small Things? (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)
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What did we Learn from the Small Things? (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)

Introduction By Sarom In the introduction to her book, The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects (1999), Barbara Cruikshank draws out a memorable ethnographic vignette of what her attention to “small things” was able to afford her. Around 1989, Cruikshank noticed one day that the garbage bins in her neighborhood had new padlocks. … Continue reading

Tracing Power (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)
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Tracing Power (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)

PART 1: THEORIES OF POWER Introduction By Jessica Broe-Vayda How do we begin an analysis of power in the university? Over the course of the last three months, our research collective has attempted to disentangle a variety of practices, techniques, relations, modes of action, discourses, and administrative initiatives in order to trace how the university … Continue reading

Student Bios (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)
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Student Bios (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)

Shannon McKechnie Shannon is a fifth-year undergraduate student completing a specialist in Socio-cultural Anthropology. She is currently a Residence Don and Leadership Programs Assistant at the University of Toronto and is interested in all things to do with the student experience at University. Shannon has previously done research in Kerala, India with post-secondary students, exploring … Continue reading

What is the University? (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)
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What is the University? (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)

In this course, students start their research projects by asking broadly “What is the University?” While the university might have its own ideas about what it means to be and to run an educational institution, the students apply their theoretical knowledge acumen to think critically and productively about the thing that we call the university … Continue reading

Introduction (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)
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Introduction (Ethnography of the University 2015: Focus on Power)

Why Study Power in the University? By Dr. Tania Li A few considerations prompted me to propose power as a focus for our study of the university in the undergraduate course, ANT 473 Ethnographic Practicum The University 2015. First, I received a collegial nudge from Professor Nancy Abelmann, who first developed the “Ethnography of the … Continue reading

History of the Ethnography of the University project
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History of the Ethnography of the University project

The Ethnography of the University project was founded at the University of Illinois by Professor Nancy Abelmann. See the website for a rich archive of past student projects. For readings and methods follow this link. EUI researchers in anthropology and other disciplines have pursued hundreds of research projects over the years. On a visit to … Continue reading