Spring 2015

The Interdisciplinary Ethnography Workshop: Blurring the Boundaries of Practice


A yearlong series organized by students in the Religion, Sociology, and Anthropology departments to spark interdisciplinary conversation about ethnography and to demonstrate the diversity of the field by considering how ethnographic research can be paired with archival and historical work, performance studies, gender studies, religious studies, and media studies, among others. The series includes both faculty presentations, master classes, and graduate student works in progress.


Tuesday, February 10: “The Body and Ethnography” 

Robert Desjarlais (Sarah Lawrence College) and Ashley Mears (Boston University)

Interviewed by Erin Johnston (SOC)


Tuesday, March 3: “The City, Space, and Ethnography”

Elaine Peña (George Washington University) and Johana Londono (University at Albany)

Interviewed by Alyssa Maldonado (REL)


Tuesday, April 7: Master Class on “Turning Your Dissertation into a Book”

Eric Schwartz, Editorial Director at Columbia University Press; Phaedra Daipha, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University; and Jeff Guhin, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture


Tuesday, April 21: “Ethnography: Narrative, Digital Media, and the Everyday”

Ayala Fader (Fordham University) and Irina Carlota Silber (City College of New York)

Interviewed by Alexander Wamboldt (ANT)


We are grateful for funding from our generous sponsors:

Sociology Department

Anthropology Department

Religion Department

University Center for Human Values

Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities

Program in American Studies

Center for the Study of Religion

Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies