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September 29, 2005

Ethnography Division of the National Communciation Association

In writing a rely to Joseph Reagle's post Writing Ethnography with it's trackback to Prolurker, I realized I had not posted a plug for the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association's Pre-Conference next month.  I don't actually know if they have openings at this point.  NCA is so huge I would bet their pre-conferences fill very quickly.  Mostly I just want to bring the Division to your attention so you can watch for future offerings.

I attended the Pre-Conference in Chicago last year where the topic was Taking Fieldnotes.  I found it immensely helpful and a lot of fun.  I'm looking forward to this years pre-conference and hope to bring home some new techniques that I can apply to my online work.  Here is the blurb from the conference website.

*PC 03: Historical Ethnography: Bringing Cultures from the Past into the Present through Archival Resources*

The role of ethnographers is to shed light on cultural phenomenon. Communication scholars who study culture from an interpretive perspective focus on communication related problems (e.g., the silencing of marginalized groups, the communicative ways that a culture passes on its traditions in order to survive) or highlight communication related methodologies (e.g., the exploration of stories, talk, speeches, conversation, or metaphorical constructions of a phenomenon).

Both theoretical and methodological endeavors are important to contemporary ethnography as well as to historical ethnography. Historical ethnography uncovers the cultural phenomenon of past (as opposed to the contemporary) cultures. Theoretically, historical ethnographers see the past to expose the present (e.g., How women were socially constructed in the 1800s through religious stories or popular magazine articles of the time which may have left a lasting impression on the women of today. How did antebellum newspaper editors discuss race within their editorial pages?). Methodologically, historical ethnographers rely on artifacts from the past (e.g., journals, diaries, census data, and/or other archival documents) to bring the past into the present.

This work shop is intended to introduce ethnographers to historical ethnography in four ways. First, an archivist will discuss the value of historical documents. Second, five researchers who conduct historical ethnographies will present their work. Third, the participants will see the past through participation in a walk down The Freedom Trail in Boston. Fourth, the participants will engage in guided exercises to help them understand historical documents and the piecing together of those documents in order to give expression to cultures of the past.


Christopher Pehrson, Written By Hand Manuscript Americana Yale
Nick Trujillo, California State University, Sacramento
Harold Goodall, Arizona State University
Robert Krizek, Saint Louis University
Sarah De la Garza, Arizona State University
Robin Clair, Purdue University

Posted by prolurkr at September 29, 2005 06:32 PM

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