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Research group

Debating Ethnography

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We study and describe culture using qualitative research methods drawn from anthropology. We foster dialogue and collaboration within and beyond Modern Languages, examining the pedagogical, scholarly, and socio-political relevance of ethnography.


Debating Ethnography has its roots in a staff-student group in LCL 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) and who use ethnographic methods to conduct 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 research areas, including language use, multilingualism, education, globalisation, capitalism, migration and mobility.

Our community

The research group has a wider community through its Facebook page. We are open to collaboration and the sharing of interdisciplinary knowledge. Our blog engages with multi-modal and transdisciplinary forms of ethnography through a wide range of topics and publishes our activities.

Research highlights

People, projects, publications and PhDs


Dr Adriana Patino

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistic ethnography
  • Language socialisation
  • Narrative inquiry

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Heidi Armbruster

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • The anthropology of migration and borders
  • Race and diversity in rural and provincial spaces;
  • critical whiteness;
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Dr Ka-Kin Cheuk

Lecturer in Anthropology

Research interests

  • Transnationalism
  • Migration
  • Inter-Asian connections

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Marion Demossier

Professor of French & European Studies

Research interests

  • climate ethnography and environment and climate change
  • French and European politics
  • Republicanism

Accepting applications from PhD students

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We welcome all enquiries about our work.