Writing Talk: Ethnographic Possibilities for the Linguistically Inclined

December 5, 2013 10.00:00 - 16:00:00

Jyväskylä Discourse Studies Forum
Writing Talk: Ethnographic Possibilities for the Linguistically Inclined
by Dr. Lindsay Bell, University of Toronto
University of Jyväskylä, main campus,
building M, room M216

The hub organises a guest lecture and a working seminar on writing strategies and analysis of ethnographic data led by a visiting scholar Lindsay Bell. The seminar is designed for researchers and PhD students who are researching different kinds of communities of practice and using ethnographic and/or discourse analytic approaches. The working seminar is divided into two parts: (1) Guest lecture by Dr. Bell and a discussion followed by (2) workhop: Making ethnographic data alive: writing strategies workshop.

The lecture is open to everyone. Attendance at the working seminar requires pre-registration. Please announce your participation to Reetta Karjalainen by Thu 28.11.2013 (reetta.l.karjalainen@jyu.fi).

Descriptions of the workshop “Writing Talk: Ethnographic Possibilities for the Linguistically Inclined”:

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? This 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. We debate the merits of different writing styles and the possibilities for  public ethnography. Attendees may bring data they sense are important to their projects but are struggling to find a strong written frame for.

Preliminary programme:

Thursday 5th December, 2013 10-16. Building Musica, class M 216

10.00-11.30 Guest lecture by Lindsay Bell: “Set for Life”: Registers of Responsibility in Canada’s Diamond Basin

Discussion on doing ethnographic fieldwork in different communities

11.30 – 12.30 Lunch

12.30-16.00 Working seminar continues. Making ethnographic data alive: writing strategies. Discussion and data examples.

14.30 – 15.00: Coffee break


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