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The Center for Folklore and Ethnography
In collaboration with the Kelly Writer's House and the Critical Writing Program Presents

The Ethnographic Writing Workshop Series

You've done the fieldwork. You have a handle on the analysis. Your materials are rich, your theoretical take on them sophisticated and compelling (to you at least!). But how do you write the ethnography?

Join us as we explore the process and practice of writing ethnography with four distinguished ethnographers. Intended for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania who are learning to use ethnography as a scholarly tool, the series will explore issues such as identifying and engaging your readers in your fieldwork and critical reflections on society; crafting and contextualizing your stories; and traversing the harrowing gap between critical theory and the vernacular. We will also be considering ethnography as a genre of writing with perhaps its own poetics.

Along with presenting facets of their work and discussing their approaches to writing, our guests will ask participants to bring their own data to the workshops where it will be used in guided exercises and critique in the practice of ethnographic writing.

Unless otherwise indicated, workshops will be held at the Kelly Writer's House from 1 to 4 p.m. Enrollment limited to 15. Refreshments provided.

The Workshops

November 19, 2004
Margaret Yocom, George Mason University
StoryLines: Ethnography, Storytelling, and Creative Writing

Participants in Peggy Yocom's workshop listen to comments by Kim Parker, of the Reading, Writing, and Literacy program (GSE), on a reading by Jennie Noakes, of the Music Department (SAS), drawn from her fieldwork with bluegrass musicians in southern Virginia. Photo by Mary Hufford.

December 3, 2004
Katharine Young
In the Realm of the Senses: Evocation, Interiority, and the Fate of the Object in Ethnographic Writing

Still Life with Ethnographers. Participants in the workshop by Katharine Young describe a pear: first from the outside in, as an object of looking; and here, from the inside out, as something sliced into, tasted, and absorbed. Photo by Mary Hufford.

March 18, 2005
Kathleen Stewart
Ordinary Affects

April 15, 2005
John Dorst
Stitching Up the Shallow Body: Metaphor, Theory and Poetics of Ethnography

Registration Information

To register, send an e-mail to Veronica Aplenc vaplenc@sas.upenn.edu with your name, departmental affiliation, status in graduate program (e.g. in coursework; ABD and before research; in fieldwork; writing up), project title, and brief project description (short paragraph). If you wish to sign up for more than one workshop, please rank the workshops in order of your preference, so that we may accommodate as many registrants as possible with their first choices.

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