Announcing the 2016 CoLED Graduate Student Summer Research Awardees!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 CoLED Summer Research Grants to support graduate students in the UC system conducting innovative ethnographic research as part of their masters or doctoral thesis work. The committee reviewed over 60 qualified applications, and awarded 12. Stay tuned for reports from the field from these bright emerging scholars.

Tory Brykaiski
UC Davis, Anthropology
Cultivating Life: Planting Potatoes in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley

Courtney Cecale
UCLA, Anthropology
Anticipating Climate Change in the Peruvian Andes

Evan Conaway
UC Irvine, Anthropology
Server worlds: queer place-making and virtual world infrastructure

Tanzee Doha
UC Davis, Anthropology
Mediations between Terror and Madness: Massacre, Memory, and Islam in Bangladesh

Christian Doll
UC Davis, Anthropology
Collaborative Visual Anthropology in Juba, South Sudan

Karl Frost
UC Davis, Ecology
We Eat Fish: First Nations sovereignty struggles and fights over oil and gas pipelines in northern BC

Yelena Gluzman
UC San Diego, Communication
Experimental Ethnography in Interdisciplinary Studies of the Social

Louise Hickman
UC San Diego Communication
Embodied Methods: towards a crip ethnography

Alex Kershaw
UC San Diego, Vis Arts
Photography in Practice: The LAPD Photography Unit

Whitney Larratt-Smith
UC Davis, Anthropology
Of Water and Life: An Ethnographic Intervention in the Alberta Tar Sands

Kimberly McKinson
UC Irvine, Anthropology
Disciplining the Nation: Crime, Materiality, and the Aesthetics of Security in Jamaica

Amy Reid
UC San Diego, Vis Arts
Long Haulers: an experimental documentary

These grants are possible as part of the CoLED’s funding through the UC Office of the President MRPI program.

George Marcus Reflects on Ethnography and Innovation at UC Irvine

** This is the inaugural post in a series in which scholars and practitioners reflect on ethnography and innovation, with a particular focus on the University of California System.**

George Marcus, a white man with brown-grey hair, is wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans, and standing comfortably with his arms folded across his chest, leaning back against a very large tree. The trunk of the tree is wider than he is tall.

By George Marcus

When I arrived at UC, Irvine in 2005, there was already a considerable and diverse interest in the application of ethnography to various disciplines, aside from anthropology. For example, there was (and has been) the work of Paul Dourish and Bonnie Nardi in Informatics, that of Susan Coutin, among others in Law & Society and criminology; David Snow and others in sociology; and especially for me, the work and interest in ethnography among those in the critical theory program (and especially in the now defunct Critical Theory Institute)—here the work of Gaby Schwab (writing on ethnography) and David Theo Goldberg (in a two year project on the effects of recent wars on US society) stand out. Also, the years that Etienne Balibar was at UCI were very special for cross-disciplinary collaboration involving core issues of ethnographic theory and method. There had been various interesting collaborations on a regular basis among these units. Based on this rich environment for exploring new applications and understandings of ethnography, and also on my own perceptions about how basic anthropological research had been changing in its forms from the 1990s into the first decade of the new century, I proposed the founding of a campus level Center for Ethnography, which came into being in 2005. From the very beginning it has operated as an international center, as well, for considering changes and innovations in ethnographic method, with over 300 international correspondents.


CoLED Workshop at UCSD


The Studio for Ethnographic Design at the University of California, San Diego, hosted the first in a series of workshops among members of CoLED. The workshop was held on April 3rd and 4th, 2015, with a series of collaborative and design-based exercises to stimulate discussion about the current state of ethnography, in the field, at the academy, and in the various communities shaped by ethnographic projects.

This workshop was the first of a series of events, to be hosted at various UC campuses, to develop a framework, set of concerns, and strategies that will be further explored at a culminating public conference in Fall 2016. The second CoLED workshop is scheduled to be hosted at the University of California, Irvine on October 23rd and 24th, 2015.

Thank you to all the participants, faculty, postdocs and graduate students, who made the UCSD workshop such an exciting event!


CoLED Awarded MRPI Grant

P1140284We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives grant from the University of California Office of the President to launch the UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design (CoLED). The two-year planning grant will culminate in a public conference in Fall 2016. As you can see in the image, the planning has begun!