Research in Process Seminar: Conducting Ethnographies of Meeting Settings

October 16, 2013
12:30 pm-2:00 pm

Machmer Hall

Room: W32

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Karen Mason
413-545-5970

Jennifer Sandler, Director, UMass Alliance for Community Transformation and Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, will talk on "Conducting Ethnographies of Meeting-Intensive Settings." Meetings are a ubiquitous aspect of everyday life for a great many people in contemporary societies. From community-based organizations to large NGOs, from the school down the block to the World Bank, from corporations to religious organizations, meetings structure the time and space of contemporary institutions and the people who encounter them. What does this mean for ethnographers? How do ethnographers understand meetings, what are the concrete challenges of fieldwork in meetings, and what is the status of the knowledge produced from this fieldwork? Sandler will use anecdotes from her own and others'  fieldwork in meeting-intensive sites to frame some of the challenges for meeting ethnography and to engage participants in a discussion of these challenges. A light lunch will be served.