Working Group

The Working Group on Ethnography and Oral History
Thursdays 1.30-3.20 10 Sachem 105
 
The Working Group on Ethnography and Oral History is a continuous workshop for advanced graduate students in anthropology, American studies, and related fields. We discuss fieldwork experiences, analyze recordings of interviews, and share writing in progress to gather feedback and improve techniques. We attend to the methodological, representational, and ethical problems that arise in oral history and ethnography and examine critical theoretical frameworks for understanding our work as collaborative knowledge production. 
 
Since 2005, group members’ research has shared several themes: a commitment to experimental representational strategies; the importance of space, affect, and materiality to ethnographic and historical analysis; and field sites that explore postindustrial and postcolonial economies in the United States and other areas of the world.
 
Instructor’s permission required. One-half credit per term; meets every other week.