We invite papers that use imaginative and creative methods to ethnographic inquiries as well as to ethnographic writing. This includes using fiction as a reflective tool in transmitting field experiences, as well as collaborative, experimental and embodied ways of doing fieldwork.
Creativity is an integral part of the ethnographic practice. Conceptions such as 'thick descriptions' and 'faction' suggests that creative approaches are part of a longer tradition that problematize the division between facts and fiction, reason and affect, as well as objectivity and subjectivity in ethnographic practice. Alternative methodologies as well as mixed genres and other creative approaches, helps us to multiply our views on the world, ourselves as researchers, as well as on our research subjects.
For this panel we invite papers that use imaginative and creative methods to ethnographic inquiries as well as to ethnographic writing. This includes using fiction as a reflective tool as well as a way of transmitting field experiences. Further, it also includes collaborative, experimental and embodied ways of doing fieldwork.
Creative methods and genres can be means to highlight social complexities that are excluded or simplified in more traditional scholarly texts and research processes. We would like to discuss methods and concepts such as ethnographic fiction, dirty ethnography, ethnographic film making, the using of drawings and art in ethnographic work, as well as the inspiration one can get from reading fiction, listening to music or in other ways being creative in the ethnographic research processes.
We suggest that creativity is essential both for gaining knowledge about a field of research and for communicating research results, both in- and outside of academia, and we encourage contributions from ethnographers who uses experimental methods and research dissemination strategies in their works.