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Research Group: Debating Ethnography

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Ethnography is the study of culture, based on a qualitative research method that comes from the discipline of anthropology but is applicable to other disciplines. ‘Debating Ethnography’ fosters dialogue within and beyond Modern Languages and explores the pedagogic, scholarly and socio-political relevance of ethnography and its role in trans-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration

Debating Ethnography has its roots in a staff-student group in MLL established in 2014. It brings together staff and PG students who work at the interface of the Humanities and Social Sciences (in areas such as Modern Languages, English, History, Archaeology, Social Sciences, Medicine and Web Sciences) who use ethnographic methods to conduct context sensitive empirical research and explore the role of culture in their fields of study. We organise regular open seminars, workshops and training sessions, exploring the role and potential of ethnography in the context of our research and the societal challenges we face. Members of the research group employ ethnographic research in a wide range of areas, including language use, multilingualism, education, globalisation, capitalism, migration and mobility.

Associated research themes

Centre for Political Ethnography

Ethnographic Encounter Project 2014-2015

It has a wider postgraduate community (177 members) through its Facebook page.

Southampton Postgraduates include:

  • Assia Akime
  • Souhila Belabbas
  • Shawnee Harkness
  • Jayne Love
  • Carolynn Low
  • Chuan Ma
  • Marie-Anne Mackie
  • Alisha Mathers
  • Patricia Nùnez
  • Daniel Palmer
  • Martina Schneider- Forrova
  • Clelia Viecelli
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