Call for Proposals for Special Issue of Cultural Studies ↔Critical Methodologies


Call for Proposals for Special Issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cultural Studies ↔Critical Methodologies

Theme: A Marriage on the Rocks? Transdisciplinary Travels of Ethnography

Co-editors: Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston (York University) and Virginie Magnat (University of British Columbia)

Submissions: Please email a 300 word proposal and a short bio to Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston (mkazubow) and Virginie Magnat (virginie.magnat) by Sept 1, 2015.

This Special Issue seeks to initiate a conversation at the intersections of anthropology, ethnography, cultural studies, critical research methodologies, performance studies, and cultural critique about the perils and potentials of ethnography’s transdisciplinary travels.

Traditionally, ethnography has been a central and defining research methodology in anthropology considered to be inherent to its unique disciplinary focus on lived experience and contextual analysis. However, recent decades have seen a so-called “ethnographic turn” in the humanities and social sciences, and ethnography has become a buzzword used interchangeably for interviewing, qualitative research, community-based performance, autobiographical research and performance ethnography, etc.

This, in turn, has incurred anthropology’s criticism of this transdisciplinary romance with ethnography. Having placed anthropology’s own imperialist and epistemological underpinnings under intense scrutiny over the last three decades, anthropologists have renewed their commitment to cultural critique and expressed concerns over the ethical implications of misappropriating ethnography as a universally applicable method devoid of anthropological historicity and the lessons that come with it.

This Special Issue will therefore make an important contribution to these debates by offering a dedicated and coherently linked examination of the theoretical, methodological and ethical implications of the transdisciplinary travels of ethnography for multidisciplinary scholarship.

For more information please see CFP posted on the Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies website:

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