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The Ethnography Circle

November 2020—April 2021

Traditional and Non-Traditional Ways of Doing Ethnography: Methods, Issues & Tricks of the Trade

The Circle is a series of informal, multidisciplinary discussions which alternate presentations by leading ethnographers with group sessions where participants reflect on their ethnographic research practices. In short: an ethnographic self-help group. Participation is open to Warwick students/faculty from all departments and is extended to students from other DTCs. This is the seventh edition of the event which is organized by the IKON research group, PPI group at Warwick Business School and organized with the support of the ESRC DTC Warwick.

Ethnography, as with other research methods, has had its share of innovations and adaptations to suit changing times and demands of disciplines. Nevertheless, the ‘traditions’ of ethnography hold firm. Ethnographers still look for a population of ‘natives’ to explore, though these may now be employees of an organisation, members of a social movement or online avatars. We still go to the ‘field’ and conduct observations for long periods. We still write thick descriptive texts. Due to current global circumstances, these ‘traditional’ ways of conducting ethnography may no longer be possible or suitable in certain situations. As Karl Weick noted, turbulent times and crises invite reflection. Drawing on the experience of participants and our expert speakers, in this year’s edition, we will use our informal gathering as a space to reflect on traditional and non-traditional ways of doing ethnography.


1st April: Challenges and Possibilities of the Ethnographic Revisit with Daniel Beunza (City University) - Online Session


All events for this Academic Year (2020/21) will be held online until further notice. The timing of the event is between 1500-1630 GMT.

Sessions held on campus will take place at the Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL Location details can be found here.

Who can participate?

Admission is free but space is limited.

For organizational reasons please reserve your place in advance by RVSP:

Meetings of the 2020-21 series:

17th November: Seminar with Nick Cherryman (Warwick University) and Jaime Garcia Iglesias (Manchester University)

8th December: Seminar on Industrial Ethnography with Simon Roberts (Board President, EPIC & Senior Partner, Stripe Partners)

12th January: Relational and Visual Ethnography: Thinking through research design - Online Session

11th February: Seminar on Decolonising Ethnography with Carolina Alonso Bejarano (University of Warwick) and Mirian A. Mijangos García

3rd March: Workshop on Shadowing and Accessing Elites with Maja Korica (University of Warwick) - Online Session


Organised by Ila Bharatan, Derin Kent and Davide Nicolini with the support of:

UoW ESRC Doctoral Training Centre



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A copy of the flyer for the series can be found here