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Warwick University, 27th March 2014


The event will be an opportunity to bring together practice-based researchers at all stages of their careers to discuss methodological challenges associated with understanding practice empirically. For this year’s inaugural edition, we are focusing on shadowing, as a rarely utilized, yet highly promising mode of engagement. We are pleased to welcome Prof. Marianella Sclavi, anthropologist and author of An Italian Lady Goes to the Bronx, as our keynote speaker.

Practical details and applications

The ‘Winter School’ event is organized by Prof. Davide Nicolini and Dr. Maja Korica and will take place from 10 am until 5 pm on March 27 2014, on the University of Warwick campus. It will address three particular topics, around which round-table discussions will be organised:
  • Doing shadowing: Practical challenges, unexpected benefits
  • Writing (from) shadowing: Recording and reporting on the shadowed
  • Troubles with shadowing: Limitations and limits of method

We invite interested scholars to submit a 750-word abstract outlining how their current work or existing research contributes to our understanding of one of the three topics listed above. Applications should be sent via email to:

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2014.

Successful applicants (based on fit with theme and quality of application) will be notified of acceptance by February 15, 2014, and may be invited to present a full version of their paper at the workshop. The spaces for this event are strictly limited to 30 participants.


The day fee for the event is 49 pounds (including lunch and coffee breaks). Details on how to pay the fee will be comunicated in due course.