The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Intensive Ethnography Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on field experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using participant observation. Participants will be coached through all the components of a research project. The workshop includes individualized consultations with faculty and is designed for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals. The topics in the five-day workshop include the following:
- - An overview of ethnographic approaches
- - Research design
- - The theory and practice of field work
- - Analyzing field data
- - Writing up findings
- - Mixed methods (how interviews, secondary data, content analysis of historical and/or contemporary documents, etc can be combined with participant observation within a single research project)
The Intensive Ethnography Workshop includes lecture, discussion, and coached research exercises, along with networking events. In addition, participants will receive feedback on their own research project development and design. The workshop is intended both for those who are new to research based on participant-observation and those who want to further develop their skills.
The workshop is from 9-5, Monday – Friday, with research exercises and consultations scheduled during these hours. There will be a welcome dinner on Sunday evening 7/22 and a concluding happy hour on Friday, 7/27.
Participants are invited to register for an optional two-day workshop on using the ATLAS.ti computer assisted qualitative data analysis software platform on the Saturday and Sunday immediately following the Intensive Ethnography Workshop (July 28-29). Details are here. Participants in the Intensive Ethnography Workshop will receive a code for a $150 discount on the ATLAS.ti workshop fee.
The workshop will be led by:
- - Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, and Chair of the Center for Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley
- - Corey Abramson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona, and Researcher, Medical Cultures Lab, UC San Francisco
- - with guest faculty including Charles Briggs, Jovan Scott Lewis, Claire Snell-Rood, and others TBA.
The application is available here. Review of applications will begin February 1st and will be conducted on a rolling basis thereafter until the workshop is full. Applicants will be notified within four weeks. The workshop is limited to 15 people in order to give individualized attention to participants.
The workshop fee is:
- $1,000 – graduate students
- $1,500 – faculty and non-profit sector
- $2,000 – all others
Early bird discount of $100 for those who register by 3/15.
The fee includes the instruction, the welcome dinner, the concluding social, and continental breakfast on the five days of the workshop. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging (a discounted block of rooms will be available). Participants are responsible for their own meals except as specified above.
International participants are welcome, though you are responsible for getting a visa. You should apply for a B1 visa: "attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference." Or, if you also want to add tourism to your stay, apply for a B1/B2 visa.
Center for Ethnographic Research
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670