Summer School in Urban Ethnography – UNITN

urlThe second edition of the Summer School in Urban Ethnography @ UNITN aims to strengthen and develop the experience and positive working environment established in the first edition. The School’s core mission remains to provide participants with an inside view on the practice of urban ethnography. (see the brochure: summer_school_urb_ethn_2014_brochure)

As such, the School represents a forum where adepts, students, cadets and scholars may familiarize themselves with the status of the discipline, absorbing the tools and tricks of the trade directly from long-time practitioners. A sustained theoretical reflection is, in our view, an essential companion rather than an alternative to fieldwork.

The second edition of the School is focused on the visual – at the conceptual, methodological and substantive level. For a week, we will dive into current debates about:

  • Urban visuality and urban in/visibilities;
  • Visualizing the city, urban rhythms and urban transformations;
  • Visualizing urban objects, spaces, atmospheres, events and cultures;
  • Researching into the visible and invisible life of public places;
  • Understanding the episteme of the image;
  • Practicing and reflecting upon visual research methodologies.

Teaching method will be based mainly on interactive formats, such as workshops, data sessions, and ‘ethnographer’s kitchen’ sessions. Participants will have a chance to present their research project and hear a feedback on them.

There will be four keynote lectures by established international scholars. Presentation of case studies and on-going research will occupy a large share of the allotted time. Reading materials will be circulated well in advance among participants, ensuring that they arrive at the meeting with a strong shared background.

The Summer School draws on the expertise of the Department of Sociology at the University of Trento in the study of urban sociology, urban cultures and territorial analysis. It is co-organized and supported by the Italian ethnography journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa.



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