Media Worlds and the Ethnographic Imagination Workshop

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Media Worlds and the Ethnographic Imagination
A workshop organised by the Goldsmiths Media Ethnography Group and the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London
June 16th 2014, 10:00am – 6pm
LG01 and 314 Stuart Hall Building (formerly New Academic Building)
Goldsmiths, University of London
This one-day event launches the Goldsmiths Media Ethnography Group, an interdisciplinary network of scholars who use ethnography to understand our mediated worlds. The workshop is organised around a series of talks, panels and round-table discussions which will trace the diverse traditions and future trajectories of media ethnography. Apart from showcasing the richness of ethnographic research on media practices, broadly defined, speakers will also address questions of ethnographic practice. The workshop aims to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue through which we will consider different types of ethnography (including auto-ethnography and digital ethnography) and the challenges and opportunities of conducting ethnographic research in digital environments. Speakers will address questions of ethnographic writing, self-reflexivity and ethics as well as the ways in which ethnography relates to other modes of inquiry, both qualitative and quantitative.
The event will begin with a keynote talk by Professor David Morley entitled ‘Towards an Ethnography of Media Audiences (Part 2)’. The workshop will end with a plenary round-table discussion on the contribution of ethnography for understanding digital practices.
Confirmed participants include: Julie Archambault (Oxford); Veronica Barassi (Media, Goldsmiths); Somnath Batabyal (SOAS); Marianne Franklin (Media, Goldsmiths); Richard MacDonald (Media, Goldsmiths); Miranda McLachlan (Media, Goldsmiths); Mirca Madianou (Media, Goldsmiths); Isaac Marrero-Guillamón (Anthropology, Goldsmiths); Evelyn Ruppert (Sociology, Goldsmiths); Anamik Saha (Media, Goldsmiths); Gareth Stanton (Media, Goldsmiths); Olivia Swift (Anthropology, Goldsmiths)
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10:00 – 10:15 Registration
10:15 Welcome and Introduction
10:30 – 11:30 Opening Keynote David Morley (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths): Towards an Ethnography of Media Audiences (Part 2)
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break
12:45-13:15 Panel I
Chair: Olivia Swift (Anthropology, Goldsmiths)
Julie Archambault (University of Oxford): Mediated intimacy, ethnography and the search for authenticity in Mozambique.
Richard MacDonald (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths): Projecting films for the spirits: researching the use of media apparatus in ritual practice
Isaac Marrero-Guillamón (Anthropology, Goldsmiths) Ethnography beyond representation: media artefacts and the politics of invention
13:15 -14:15 Lunch break
14:15-15:15 Panel II
Chair: Miranda McLachlan (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths)
Gareth Stanton (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths): Movies, Melodramas and Murderers: the Journey of Media Anthropology
Somnath Batabyal (SOAS) Minding the Gap: practitioners as ethnographers
15:15- 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Plenary Round Table Discussion: Ethnography for understanding digital practices
Chair: Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths)
Speakers: Veronica Barassi (Media and Communications, Goldsmiths); Marianne Franklin (Media and Communications, Goldsmiths); Evelyn Ruppert (Sociology, Goldsmiths); Mirca Madianou (Media and Communications, Goldsmiths).
17:00 Reception

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