Call for Abstracts

15th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference

The Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago is proud to host the 15th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference. This is an annual graduate student conference hosted by one of several Chicago-area Sociology departments, including DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago.  It provides a venue through which graduate students can share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area.

This year’s conference will be held at International House on the University of Chicago campus on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Students in all academic disciplines are invited to present their original ethnographic research. We take a broad view of ethnographic research. Papers can be based on a variety of qualitative methods, including but not limited to: field observation, in-depth interviews, focus group interviews, autoethnography, visual ethnography, and other forms of qualitative research. Papers in all substantive areas are welcome. In the past, presentation topics have included culture, class, crime, education, ethnicity, gender, family, globalization, health and illness, immigration, medicine, methodology, performance ethnography, race, religion, sexualities, social movements, technology, urban poverty, and work and employment.

The theme of this year’s conference is Culture and Subcultures. In addition to the above noted topics, graduate students are encouraged to submit papers that examine the processes, implications, and identities involved with the production and reproduction of culture and subcultures across social space and settings.

Speakers: The two plenary speakers will be David Grazian and Jeffrey Kidder.

David Grazian is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Grazian’s research explores the production and consumption of popular entertainment in cities. In his first book, Blue Chicago (2003, University of Chicago Press), he looked at the intersection of commerce and art in the local Chicago blues scene. His second book, On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife (2008, Chicago), is an analysis of the urban nightlife industry in Philadelphia ranging from the experiences of service workers in exclusive nightspots to the harassment of young women during the collective ritual of the “girl hunt.” His recent Mix It Up (2010, W.W. Norton) is an introduction to the study of popular culture and mass media. In his current research, Grazian examines the selective presentation and simulation of nature in American zoos.

Jeffrey Kidder is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. His first book Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City (2008, Cornell University Press) is a comparative study of bike messengers in three American cities, documenting a distinctive occupational identity and subculture as well as it is produced and enacted and dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. Kidder has also written on emotive performance among politicians and public discourse on taxes. He is currently engaged in research on college conservatives and practitioners of parkour.

Paper Submissions: To submit papers, please complete the online submission form linked below. The online submission form asks for an extended abstract with a minimum of 500 words. It will also ask for keywords.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 21, 2013. All presenters will be notified of acceptance by Thursday, January 31, 2013. Participants will be asked to submit their full papers to the conference committee by Monday, February 18th.

Please circulate this announcement to all those who may be interested!


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