Coping with Messiness in Ethnography: Authority, Bias and Immersion in ethnographic Fieldwork in the non-Western World

Marios Mouratidis, Sarah Rüller, Konstantin Aal, Shaimaa Lazem, Anicia Peters, Nina Boulus-Rødje, Simon Holdermann, Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Ann Light, Dave Randall, Volker Wulf

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Abstract

Ethnography has firmly established its position in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community. Many studies have benefited from following ethnographic approaches to arrive at a grounded and comprehensive understanding of the respective research context. Applying that to the non-Western world, however, comes with challenges for researchers. Aside from ethical concerns which have been addressed in the past, we want to use this workshop to foster conversations and discussions on authority, bias and immersion when conducting ethnographic field work in the non-Western world - especially as a Western researcher. The main objective of this workshop is to exchange experiences and to identify common aspects and ways of overcoming, coping with or even embracing the messiness in ethnographic work and derive guidelines based on these discussions.

Original languageEnglish
Publication date8 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2021
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021

Conference

Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityVirtual, Online
Period08/05/202113/05/2021
SponsorACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)

Keywords

  • Authority
  • Bias
  • Ethnography
  • Global South
  • Immersion
  • non-Western World

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