Ethnography Tuesdays and Research Thursdays
Ethnography Tuesdays and Research Thursdays in 2018-19
- 16 October 2018: Let us talk about Ethnography
- 6 December 2018: We need to talk about writing and publishing
- 11 December 2018: Multi-species ethnographies
- 7 February 2019: Analysing Texts
- 4 April 2019: Research methods go pop: Exploring graphic arts for research
Ethos and format
Ethnography Tuesdays and Research Thursdays are one-day training events orgnised by links@keele and held at Keele University. The main objectives of these days are to provide you with an understanding of contemporary approaches to conducting ethnographic fieldwork and writing ethnographies. The training will help you develop knowledge of and hands-on practice with fieldwork techniques and methods, including around dealing with ethical dilemmas, challenging fieldwork situations, innovative data collection methods, writing field notes, using visual methods and analysis with specialist software.
Ethnography Tuesdays and Research Thursdays will typically include a range of activities: keynote lecture, workshops, networking opportunities, roundtable discussions, ‘speed dating with ethnographers’, etc. Each day will always include a contribution by an Early Career Researcher and a keynote lecture by a seasoned ethnographer.
The Ethnography Tuesdays and Research Thursdays at Keele University are part of links@keele Advanced Methods Training. These training days (10 am – 4 pm) are open to postgraduate students and researchers at all career levels. There is no fee, but registration to attend an Ethnography Tuesday is required. When places are limited priority will be given to (1) ESRC NWSS DTP and AHRC NWCDTP students, (2) postgraduate students and staff members from Keele University and (3) postgraduate students and researchers from other Universities.
Questions and feedback
We are here to help you with any questions you may have around Keele’s Ethnography Tuesdays and Research Thursdays. We also love to hear your feedback and suggestions.
"I really enjoyed the first Ethnography Tuesday! It is always intellectually stimulating to mix with and hear from researchers working in different fields and with different perspectives on ethnography (and research in general). I really enjoyed Matthew's presentation on organizational culture, I think this kind of work has great scope for application in health services, it never ceases to amaze me how much more value and richness an ethnographic approach can add - reminded me of an ethnographic study of the police, covered during my criminology days, about canteen culture. Great work, Lisa, for pulling this event together. I am keen to participate in workshops going forward."
"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your session on ethnography. It was really useful to hear all of the discussions that even seasoned researchers have and also to put into context the kinds of issues and considerations I will need to think about for my own research. And last but not least to meet some new faces, some of whom are working on similar themes to me. I will definitely be looking up the forthcoming sessions on the links@keele website."
"I just want to say thank you for the ethnography workshop. I found it very interesting and informative in particular the interaction between the speakers and audiences, debate and discussion around the issues. I was also impressed by Lisa’s enthusiasm and her personal experience of ethnographic studies and other speakers. In addition, the reference list Lisa provided will be really useful for my methodology chapter."
"I thought Ethnography Tuesday was a useful session, especially as an introduction for those who know very little about ethnography, and I particularly enjoyed the individual presentations with academics talking about their research and experiences. Also, I think the reading list will be valuable. In terms of future sessions, I would be interested to do more around writing ethnography as this is one of the challenges I will be facing."
"Coming in blind I found it a great way to learn about a research method I was very unaware of just a few weeks ago on a more practical level and not in a lecture theatre. Personally, I learn best through example, so this was a great opportunity for me and I would definitely encourage others to attend if they learn better this way too!! Hearing about real life examples really helped me visualise how ethnography could definitely be used in my own research. One of my highlights of the day was listening to the debates around ethnography. Being so new, it was great to listen to and try to grasp the different opinions whilst trying to develop my own feelings around the method (all positive opinions!)."