Walking Seminar

Jan '16

The first Walking Seminar of 2016 will take place on the 29th of January and will carry the theme that we never got to walk and talk about last year: Ethnographic methods and guiding questions.

Here is the tension: if you go into the field without a question your investigations risks to lack direction and you may not get any kind of grasp on what is going on. However, with a question that is too tight or too tightly handled, you may not be open enough to surprises. What are good ways of handling that tension in the practice of doing ethnographic research – that is to say what are good ways in your research?

If you are in the very last stage of a project, this tension has not gone away. For even if you are no longer in the position to gather more stories from the field, you still face the question how to tell those stories: as answers to questions you (ever so astutely) asked or as surprising findings that unexpectedly hit you in the face? (There may be other variants… you are free to discuss while walking!)

For those who would like to orient their thinking beforehand, we have attached a possibly inspiring text (but reading it is not obligatory):


Taylor, Janelle S. 2014. “The Demise of the Bumbler and the Crock: From Experience to Accountability in Medical Education and Ethnography.” American Anthropologist 116 (3): n/a – n/a. doi:10.1111/aman.12124.

If you would like to join us on 29. January then please sign up by sending an email to Annelieke at a.e.driessen@uva.nl no later than 22 January. Annelieke will make a list of walkers and provide the list with further information on the route and exact time of departure.

PS:  For the tradition of the seminar so far, see: http://walkingseminar.blogspot.nl/