(Coping with) Messiness in Ethnography: Methods, ethics and participation in ethnographic fieldwork in the non-western world

  • Boulus-Rødje, N. (Organizer)
  • Dave Randall (Organizer)
  • volker Wulf (Organizer)
  • Bryan Semaan (Organizer)
  • Sarah Rüller (Organizer)
  • Konstantin Aal (Organizer)
  • Marios Mouratidis (Organizer)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference


This one-day workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers as well as practitioners and activists to discuss challenges in conducting ethnographic fieldwork by the book(s) and to start working on guidelines that are more practical and viable to adapt in non-Western contexts. The topics include but are not limited to research and design ethics and genuine participation of ‘users’ as partners in conducting research, designing and implementing interventions (be it social, cultural or technical). This will be used to inform new guidelines and approaches to ethnographic fieldwork that could prove more beneficial in politically charged, infrastructural challenged and underfunded regions.

We invite anyone interested in participating to submit a two to four-page position paper. Papers should critically reflect upon the authors’ experiences from the field or research area related to challenges they face when conducting ethnographic field work. Authors’ prior experience does not have to be specifically concerned with these challenges, but the position papers will be expected to demonstrate how their experience is relevant to the workshop’s topic and can be applied within the workshops’ context.
Period14 Jun 2020
Event typeConference
LocationSiegen, Germany