CoLED Awarded a Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant

We are pleased to announce that the UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design was awarded a Workshop Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation Conference Program. This grant will allow CoLED to host invited scholars from around the globe for our fall 2016 Conference, Ethnography and Design: Mutual Provocations.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is a private operating foundation dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world. Located in New York City, it is one of the major funding sources for international anthropological research.


March Workshop: Ethnography Post-Writing

Congratulations to the Davis team on putting this together.

This flyer shows an image of two people walking away on a path along the northern california marine coast - green and teal vegetation is on the right, and a grey-blue sky above; the title of the workshop and the workshop schedule are superimposed over the image.

Schedule for Ethnography Post-Writing: A CoLED Workshop

FRIDAY, March 11th (Putah Creek Lodge; Parking Instructions)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

I. “Theatrical devising”

(Cristiana Giordano, Department of Anthropology, UCD and Alvaro Hernández & Regina Gutiérrez, Department of Performance Studies, UCD)

This workshop is an exploration of and a cross pollination between research and narrative practices in theater and anthropology. By creating a dialogue between these disciplines in a laboratory format, we hope to pose questions and engage techniques in ways that will enrich our engagement with anthropological questions and performative productions. We will practice embodiment as a practice to slow down thinking and to create a space for new encounters with our ethnographic material. Or, rather, we will practice thinking with the body, and embodying with and through words. (more…)

Recent Publications by CoLED Members

Our CoLED network is unique in drawing together scholars with very different research practices and topics, all of whom are concerned in various ways with the processes of knowledge production, the hows of ethnography, and the heuristic of design as a way to think about what is possible in the world.

One of the exciting things about the network is a chance to come to know other scholars working on campuses in other parts of California, or colleagues doing ethnography in other departments just across the quad.

With this in mind, CoLED sends out semi-regular email dispatches of news from our network to our listserv. Here are some recent announcements from our network that have appeared in the our email news round-ups.

Article Publications

Marisol de la Cadena’s (UC Davis) article “Uncommoning Nature” is online in recent issue of the journal e-flux.

de la Cadena also co-edited a special feature in HAU with Marianne E. Lien. The multi-authored essay is titled “Anthropology and STS: Generative interfaces, multiple locations.”

Fernando Dominguez-Rubio (UC San Diego) has an article titled “On the discrepancy between objects and things: An ecological approach” in the Journal of Material Culture.


Save the Date!

Save the Date: The next CoLED workshop is coming.

The next workshop will be held at UC Davis on March 11th and 12th, 2016. Organizers will be in touch with CoLED members in early 2016.

CoLED at #AAA2015

Many CoLED-ers are packing suitcases and digging out mittens this week to head to snowy Denver, Colorado for the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. While CoLED is jubilantly interdisciplinary, as a group of ethnographers, many of us are anthropologists by training and by trade. If you’re looking for a chance to catch other CoLED members in action this AAA, this is the post for you: a list of panels and roundtables featuring CoLED members is below.


Some of the panels explicitly address ethnographic design; others are presentations of research and the innovation is in the approach. For extra bonus points, we have four panels on the line-up featuring multiple CoLED members (marked with an * below). Arranged in order of date and time.

Tech Tip: If you haven’t before, try the AAA meeting iPhone app that allows you to make a custom calendar, instead of trying to keep track of all your panels and events otherwise. It makes the whole conference program mobile and searchable. You can download the app by searching “AAA Annual Meeting” in the app store, and it syncs with your personal scheduler on the AAA website. You can then search for the below listed panels by name or keyword.

Don’t forget to stop by the Peaks Lounge at the Hyatt on Saturday afternoon from 3:00-4:30pm for a CoLED mixer. All are welcome!

Click through for the full schedule.