This site hosts information for an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Princeton University engaged in conversation about the practice and politics of ethnography. We welcome participants from across the disciplines, including Sociology, Anthropology, and Religion.
Initiated in 2013, the Interdisciplinary Ethnography Workshop series is now in its third year of existence. The series brings together students and faculty from interdisciplinary centers, sociology, anthropology, religion, history, and area studies at Princeton to workshop “works in progress” and engage in discussion about the practice, ethics, and craft of ethnography. Through frequent conversations and working sessions facilitated by a diverse set of invited local scholars, we involve students across disciplines and promote rich interdisciplinary methodological discussions. Through these encounters we push the boundaries of ethnography, and productively question and flesh out the category. With funding from diverse departments and centers across the Princeton Campus, we examine how the practice of observing communities and talking to people unites ethnographers across disciplines, and how the various theoretical and methodological frameworks in which scholars place ethnographies may suggest differing political, scholarly, and ethical commitments and concerns. Our goal is to cultivate a space for ongoing conversation about ethnographic practice and methods across the university.