The studio includes workshops with and presentations by visiting researchers, who are at the forefront of redesigning the method for new arenas and platforms, head innovative ethnography collectives of their own, and theorize new models for ethnographic practice.


Making Out in the Mainstream: GLAAD and the Politics of Respectability
Vincent Doyle
IE University (Spain)
Tuesday May 30th | 3p – 4:30 | MCC 201


Grappling with Radical Vulnerability
Richa Nagar
University of Minnesota
5.23.17 | MCC 201 | 4p – 6p


Why Data Journalism Exists, and Why It Matters (or Doesn’t)
C.W. Anderson
University of Leeds
4.26.17 | MCC 201 | 12:30p – 2p


Designing Feminist Research Technologies
Max Liboiron
Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Director,  Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research
11a – 12:30p, Tuesday, April 25th
Atkinson 4004



Mixing It Up: How to Design and Execute Interdisciplinary Research
(without killing your collaborators in the process)
Mary Gray
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
Fellow, Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Associate Professor of the Media School, with affiliations in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies at Indiana University.
12:30p – 2p, Thursday, March 2nd
MCC 127









Political Performance Ethnography & Direct Action
Roshanak Kheshti, Ethnic Studies Department, UCSD
12:30p – 2P, Thursday, January 12th
Cross-Cultural Center, Comunidad Large Room









Ethnography Practicum
Starting in January 2017 SED will be sponsoring an Ethnography Practicum. The practicum is for graduate students and faculty who are currently working — at any stage — on an ethnographic project. It is a chance to workshop aspects of your project and to learn from fellow practitioners. The practicum will meet once a month throughout winter and spring quarters. Each month different faculty will be invited based on the issues or dilemmas that students want to address at that month’s meeting. Students have the option to receive course credit (pass/no-pass) for the practicum by enrolling in ANTH 287, COGR 285, or ETHN 287 for the spring 2017 quarter. To receive course credit a student will need to attend the six practicums as well as 4 SED programming events over the span of the winter and spring quarters; exceptions and accommodations can be made for extenuating circumstances such as conference travel, job interviews, health issues, and so forth. Please note that the ethnographic practicum is meant as a supplement, not a replacement, for the ethnographic methods courses offered by various departments.

If you are interested in potentially participating in the practicum, please fill out this short form:

FALL 2016

Open House
Tuesday, November 29th
4 – 6PM in the Mandeville Suite



January 7th – Performance Ethnography Lab I: Table Reading of work-in-progress ethnographic play I WAS NEVER ALONE, Cassandra Hartblay (UCSD Communication Postdoc) – 12:00-2:00pm

January 14th – Carceral Societies: Victor Rios (UCSB) – 12:30-1:45pm, Informal Lunch Discussion on methodology 2-3.

January 29th – Infrastructures: Hannah Appel (UCLA Anthropology), Akhil Gupta (UCLA Anthropology), race and infrastructure working group – 1-3pm, SME 408.

February 8th – ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION. Digital Practice: Doing Work – ethnographic, artistic, political, and otherwise – about and through the Internet. With Gabriella Coleman (McGill University), Chris Kelty (UCLA), Roderic Crooks (UCLA), Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD). 3-5pm, SME 408.

February 11th – Internet Infrastructures: Ashwin Mathew (Berkeley) “Protocol as an Ethnographic Fieldsite” – 11-12:30pm, SME 408

February 25th – Philippe Bourgois (University of Pennsylvania Anthropology) – 12:30-1:45pm

April 1st – Performance Ethnography Lab II: Performing Ethnography in the Classroom – Saiba Varma (UCSD Anthropology) and Utpal Sandesara (UPenn Anthropology) –  2-4pm, SME 408

April 25th – “La Racha: Speed and Violence in Tijuana” – A discussion of a paper by Rihan Yeh (El Colegio de Michoacán) – 12-2pm, SME 408.

April 27th – Performance Ethnography Lab III: An Archaeology of Multi-Media: Studies in Materiality and Form – Roshanak Kheshti (UCSD Ethnic Studies) discusses new work – 12-2pm, SME 408.

May 6th-7th – Seminar on Sensory Ethnography: Kathleen Stewart (UT Austin), Marina Peterson (Ohio University), Lesley Stern (UCSD), Cristina Rivera-Garza (UCSD) and Katrin Pesch (UCSD).  Friday May 6th  from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in SME 408.

Thursday June 2nd – Year End Open House. 5:30-7:30pm, SME 408. Come help us celebrate this past year and look forward to the next! Refreshments will be served.


Stefan Helmreich (MIT Anthropology)
Monday, March 2nd
Ethnographic Presence, Absence, Substance
1:00-2:30PM in SME 408

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Angela Booker
Tuesday, February 24th
Discussion and workshop on the ethics of sustained community engagement in ethnographic praxis
2:30-4:30PM in SME 408
Readings available here soon!

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Christina Dunbar-Hester
Thursday, February 19th
A discussion on the politics of DIY (do-it-yourself) practice and FM radio activism
11:00-12:30PM in SME 408
Readings available here soon!

Christina Dunbar-Hester

FALL 2014

Tim Ingold
Part I: Wednesday October 1st
An informal seminar on movement, nature and ethnography
4:00-6PM in SME 408
Readings available here soon!

Part II: Saturday October 4th
A Walk through the Tijuana River Estuary
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
301 Caspian Way Imperial Beach CA, 91932

SED Ingold Poster Final


Walking as Method Campus Tours
Tuesday, May 13th
Tours depart from the Sun God statue

Walking as Method

Petra Kuppers (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Thursday, May  1st
Structural and Materials Engineering 304

Helene Risor (Catholic University, Santiago)
Friday, May 2nd
Structural and Materials Engineering 304

Helene Risor Flier

Anna Tsing and Elaine Gan (UCSC)
Wednesday, April 23rd
Structural and Materials Engineering 304

Tsing & Gan Poster

Lunch and Reading Meeting for Matsutake Worlds
Tuesday, April 22th
12 PM
Center for the Humanities (Literature 310)

Lynn Stephen (University of Oregon)
Friday, April 18th
10:30 AM – 12 PM
Structural and Materials Engineering Building
Room 304

Lynn Stephen Poster


James Holston (UC Berkeley)
Monday, March 10th
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Structural and Materials Engineering Building
Room 304

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Social Apps Lab

Marina Peterson (Ohio University) and Roshanak Kheshti (UCSD)
Tuesday,  February 4th
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Structural and Materials Engineering Building
Room 304

Sonic Ethnography Studio


Elizabeth Chin (Art Center College of Design)
Wednesday, January 22nd
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Structural and Materials Engineering Building
Room 304

Putting it on the Wall Design Poster

FALL 2013

Eli Elinoff PhD
Wednesday, October 30th
3:00 p.m. Spiro Library
Social Science Building 269

Eli Elinoff

Kim Fortun (RPI) and Patricia Seed (UC Irvine)
Wednesday, October 9th
Digital Practices in History and Ethnography: Experimenting with Maps
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
SME 402

SED Experimenting with Maps Fortun and Seed

The Asthma Files


Elizabeth Chin (Art Center College of Design)
Wednesday, May 29th
Title TBA
12:30-2:00 p.m.
MCC 201


Kim Fortun (RPI) and George Marcus (UC Irvine)
Wednesday, May 8th

“Ethnography by Other Means:  A Turn toward Methods”
Kim Fortun, “PECE: Digital Platforms for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography”
George Marcus, “Ethnography In the Interfaces Between Art and Design”

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Center for Ethnography at UC Irvine

Jean Lave (UC Berkeley)
Monday, April 8

“Rising to the Concrete:  Critical Ethnographic Practice in West Africa”

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