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Reminder: Short course in media ethnography

April 8, 2010

** from Debra Spitulnik via Media Anthropology Network mailing list **

application deadline May 3. Full details:

Media Ethnography: Theory and Practice
Dates: 9-11 June 2010

Course venue: Pappersbruket, Osby, Southern Sweden.

The course will take place at Pappersbruket, Broby, Southern Sweden (see Accommodation and Ph.D. seminar will all be at the same venue. Transport by train is estimated to take 1 hour and 45 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station.

Co-directors: Dr. Debra Spitulnik (Emory University) and Dr. Thomas Tufte (Roskilde University)

Course description:

This short course is designed to introduce Ph.D. students to the theory and practice of media ethnography. We explore how media ethnography applies to both media production and media reception, and how it is fundamentally both a theory and a method for investigating everyday practices and lived experiences as they are shaped by culturally-specific ways of being-in-the world. Media to be considered include: television, film, radio, newspapers, and new media. The course will begin with a brief overview of the history of ethnographic approaches within media studies and cultural studies, which dates back to the mid 1980s. We then engage more recent scholarship within media anthropology, focusing specifically on three dimensions of ethnography:

(a) as fieldwork method;
(b) as anthropological lens, and
(c) as a method of writing and re-presentation.

While all 5 speakers will speak, so will the participating Ph.D. students. All students are encouraged to present a media ethnographical dimension of their Ph.D project reflecting on one or more of the three above mentioned approaches to media ethnography. The students will furthermore have the opportunity to conduct a mini-ethnography assignment amongst families in a small village in the Swedish woods, in which they practice doing participant-observation fieldwork, field note-taking, and writing with vivid ethnographic textures.


Dr. Debra Spitulnik, Associate Professor, Emory University, USA Dr. Thomas Tufte, Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark
Dr. Jo Helle Valle, Senior Researcher, Nat?l Institute for Consumer Research, Oslo, Norway
Dr. John Postill, C3 Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Dr. Jo Tacchi, Associate Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Application deadline May 3. Full details:

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