Writing Talk II: Ethnographic Possibilities for the Linguistically Inclined

April 14, 2014 - April 15, 2014

Jyväskylä Discourse Hub presents:
Writing Talk II: Ethnographic Possibilities for the Linguistically Inclined

Two day Workshop led by
scholar in linguistic anthropology Dr. Lindsay Bell, University of Toronto
fiction and screenwriter Genevieve Scott, Canada

Ylioppilastalo, OPK141, Jyväskylä University Main Campus
April 14-15, 2014, 10-16

The Jyväskylä Discourse Research Hub (http://www.discoursehub.fi) is an initiative of Discourse Studies at the University of Jyväskylä and the Peripheral Multilingualism – project (SA). The hub is intended as a space for showcasing cutting-edge discoveries and approaches within the multidisciplinary field of discourse studies and stimulating discussion and collaboration among researchers and students in the area.

Responding to the wishes of the participants of the first “Writing talk” workshop lead by Dr. Bell last December, Jyväskylä Discourse Hub now organises an extended, two day, hands-on course on creative strategies for writing linguistically oriented ethnography led by Dr. Bell and fiction and screenwriter Genevieve Scott. The workshop is open for anyone working in the field of (linguistically oriented) ethnographic research. However, pre-registration is required.

To register to the workshop, please contact Kati Dlaske (kati.dlaske@jyu.fi) by Friday, April 4th, 2014.

The seminar programme, readings and pre-assignments will be sent to participants upon registration.

You are warmly welcome!


Description of the workshop and the workshop leaders:

How do we take collected text and talk and turn it into representative written worlds? What kinds of strategies do we need to make our data “alive in the writing” (Narayan 2012)? This two day, hands-on workshop explores techniques borrowed from non-fiction writing to jump start thinking and writing with linguistic data. We will think through how to bring together threads of talk with other data types to create vivid scenes that hold a reader’s attention and make our empirical case clear.

Attendees should bring data they sense are important to their projects but are struggling to find a strong written frame for. This can include field notes, transcripts and media texts, but also less conventional sources of inspiration; an object, a doodle, a side comment, or a fragment of any kind.

Participants will approach their data in creative ways to create a series of nuggets, scenes or moments that will become the building blocks for an argument (a chapter, an article, a paper presentation). We will work through strategies for bringing ethnographic data into conversation with theory, history and the “big picture” of your intellectual/creative project.

Lindsay Bell is a faculty associate in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her interests are grounded in long-term ethnographic fieldwork with indigenous communities touched by large-scale resource development in Circumpolar North America (Alaska and Canada). Lindsay has over ten years of experience working in and with Native North American communities. Her current work investigates the place of indigenous life and arctic environments in (inter)national public culture. She explores these themes through careful attention to history, political economy and language in day-to-day interaction. Her teaching and writing are grounded in linguistic anthropology, political anthropology, and the politics of Indigeneity in liberal-settler states.

Genevieve Scott a Canadian fiction and screenwriter, currently living in Southern California. Her short stories have been published in Canada and the UK. In 2011, her fiction was shortlisted for the international Bristol Short Story Prize. Her short films Survival Guide (writer) and Kissing Drew (co-writer) were produced in Toronto in 2012. Genevieve is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UBC and is working on a feature screenplay and a collection of short stories. Moreover, she is acting as a mentor UBC’s non-credit Creative Writing program Booming Ground (see http://boomingground.com/mentors/).


For more information on the workshop please contact Kati Dlaske (kati.dlaske@jyu.fi).

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