CFP: Ethnographic research methods and policy: conflicts and potentials
frers at zedat.fu-berlin.de
Fri Mar 2 12:17:14 EST 2007
Call for Papers / Presentations (special extended deadline)
Session "Ethnographic research methods and policy: conflicts and
Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of
August 29-31, London, UK
We are looking for presenters for the session "Ethnographic research
methods and policy: conflicts and potentials" which we will host at
this year's RGS-IGB conference in London (28-31 August). The session
will be part of themed day 1 "Sustainable Cities".
In this session, we want to discuss "the potential of critical
ethnographic research to respond to, and intervene, in policy-making
related to sustainability and quality of life in global(ising)
cities" (see session abstract) below. We are particularly interested
in hands-on experience doing an ethnographic work and want to use the
opportunity offered by this session to reflect on the relations
between ethnography and policy.
Applicants from all disciplines are welcome.
Deadline: The official deadline of the conference has passed today,
therefore we need brief abstracts (~200 words) as soon as possible,
_no later than March 15th_.
Katie Walsh (University of Sussex, katie.walsh at sussex.ac.uk)
Lars Frers (Darmstadt University of Technology, frers at zedat.fu-
Here is the session abstract:
This session will explore the potential of critical ethnographic
research to respond to, and intervene, in policy-making related to
sustainability and quality of life in global(ising) cities.
Ethnographic methods are celebrated for their emphasis on everyday
geographies of practice and performance, but dismissed by critics for
producing material which (they argue) is ‘local’, ‘trivial’, or ‘un-
generalisable’ and understood, therefore, to be of no relevance in
the ‘science’ of policy-making. In this panel session we hope to open
a space for geographers to demonstrate and discuss the multiple ways
in which ethnographic research might provide an opportunity for a
dialogue between the academy and policy-makers. We aim to generate
debate around specific research examples and experiences. We welcome
panelists who are research-active and currently developing the
strategic potential of ethnographic methods through participatory,
representational, or other research practices. We would like to
include researchers interested in a wide range of issues relating to
sustainable cities and human-well-being in urban environments,
including health, architecture, violence, environment, development,
migration, work, or culture.
Here is the link to the conference website:
(this will probably get broken and needs to be transferred manually
to your browser)
Lars Frers and Lars Meier; eds. (2007) Encountering Urban Places -
Visual and Material Performances in the City. Ashgate Publishers.
Darmstadt University of Technology
Post-Graduate College Topology of Technology
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