Ethnography Workshop Sessions

We occasionally run full- and/or half-day workshops on different questions, ideas, challenges and opportunities encountered before, during and after ethnographic fieldwork, with a particular focus on fieldwork relating to information security. These workshop sessions are not at all exclusive to members of the Ethnography Group and we welcome anyone who would like to join our discussions. As with our Reading Group, the only caveat is that we assume some familiarity with ethnography and/or fieldwork.

We want our workshops to be as open and inclusive as possible, with the aim of creating a safe space for discussing sometimes uncomfortable and challenging questions from the field, while sharing personal experiences. Our workshops run in person at Royal Holloway, but where possible we can enable remote participation.

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Next Workshop

14 November 2023, 13:30-17:00: CDT Hub

Themes: Emotional responses to the field and leaving the field.

13:30-15:00: Emotional responses to the field

This will include: dealing with everyday challenges during fieldwork; safety and risks; isolation and loneliness; when things go “wrong”; support networks before, during and after fieldwork.

15:00-15:30: Tea/coffee break (provided by the CDT)

15:30-17:00: Exiting the field

This will include: reflecting on leaving the field; attachment and detachment; long-term engagements and short-term encounters; commitments to field relations; when fieldwork never stops.

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Past Workshops

22 November 2022, 11:00-16:00: CDT Hub

Themes: Writing as a social scientist in information security and doing fieldwork

11:00-13:00: Writing as a social scientist in/for information security

This will include, for example: positioning and scholarship; conferences and journals; papers, reviews/reviewing/reviewers and rebuttals; collaboration and co-authorship; rigour and “letting go”.

13:00-14:00: Lunch (provided by the CDT)

14:00-16:00: (Un)preparing for the field

This will include, for example: institutional bureaucracy (risk assessments, ethics, insurance); uncertainty and exhaustion; observing, participating, recording in the field; navigating one’s own (in)security and comforts; researching security through fieldwork, looking and seeing; failures and successes.