CFP Ethnography, Language & Communication (Norway)

ConferencesCall for papers: Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication (EELC8): “Perspectives across Disciplinary and Political Borders,” 24–25 September 2020, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. Deadline: 2 December 2019.

The theme of the eighth biennial Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication conference is “Perspectives across disciplinary and political borders.” Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication (EELC) is a biannual conference for the Linguistic Ethnography Forum affiliated with BAAL. The conference aims to:

  • Provide a dedicated cross-disciplinary forum for researchers who combine ethnographic and linguistic approaches

  • Facilitate high quality debate on contemporary issues across health, education, social policy and cultural studies

  • Establish a stimulating programme combining plenary lectures, data workshops, oral and poster presentations

  • Facilitate international dialogue between linguistic ethnography and linguistic anthropology

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona postdoc 2016

The C.I.E.N research team at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is interested in participating as a host centre in the following Marie Curie Action:
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF 2016)

CIEN is a research group at the Department of English and German Phylology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). The issues studied by CIEN research team are concerned with bilingual and multilingual language use and practices from a critical sociolinguistic perspective. The group addresses questions that have a practical and theoretical importance for understanding language and society. Language is understood both as a non-neutral system but also as a form of social action, that has material consequences in people’s everyday life. Multi-sited ethnography is the main methodological tool together with various kinds of qualitative data which are key to understanding social (in)equality. See also the current projects in which the team is involved.

The required postdoctoral investigator needs to have research experience related to the research scope of CIEN. Furthermore, a background in qualitative research methods will be highly valued.

Those researchers who wish to cooperate with CIEN team for the submission of a project proposal under the aforementioned Action should check that they fulfill the eligibility criteria and then send an expression of interest, consisting of:
• A curriculum vitae
• A summary presentation of their research proposal

Expressions of interest must be submitted by the 20th of May 2016 to Gema Rubio.

Proposals will be pre-selected on the basis of internal evaluation. Candidates will be informed of the results of the pre-selection by the end of May. The deadline for the submission of proposals to the Commission has been set for the 24th of September 2016.

Eligibility criteria according to the call: All applicants should fulfill the following requirements at the time of application submission:
• Hold a PhD degree in a field related to the research themes of the CIEN Research Group.
• Must not have resided or carried out their main academic or research activities in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the above mentioned deadline.

CFP Still Living and Practicing Social Enterprise (Scotland)

Still Living and Practicing Social Enterprise: The Methodological Potential of Ethnography
Friday 17th June 2016
Glasgow Caledonian University

Social enterprise, as a field of study, has provoked scholarly engagement ranging from spontaneous celebration to critical engagement. However we lack a deep understanding of how the optimistic and politically powerful, yet ambiguous and elusive ideal is lived in social practice. Ethnography, ethnomethodology and workplace studies offer the methodological potential to carve out local experimental practices of social-problem solving, and to capture the ways managers, staff and/or target groups reflect on their engagement in entrepreneurial activities. Such insights are essential for (1) developing multilayered, contextualised views on social enterprise (2) understanding the temporal, spatial and cultural dynamics of social entrepreneurship, and (3) taking sufficient account of the effects of social entrepreneurial policies on vulnerable target groups.

Ethnography also offers the potential to move the debate around social enterprise beyond idealized concepts and managerial views. Since emerging from the field of Anthropology, ethnography has been employed to study, in particular, the social realms of colonized, deprived, and marginalized groups of people. It has proven analytical strength in unraveling the contradictory, paradoxical aspects of human practice and the subtle workings of power. Social enterprise – as an organizational form comprising competing logics of social inclusion and management practice – demands an appropriate set of methods that makes room for complexity and counter-discourse, that considers social enterprise within its wider (political) context, and that attends to the longitudinal and spatial dimensions of organizational behavior which, to date, have been neglected in much of the academic literature. Potential questions which might be studied from an ethnographic perspective include: What are the long-term effects of social entrepreneurial practices? How do organizational actors sustain their social values in times of economic pressure? Which hopes and expectations motivate clients to participate in social entrepreneurial projects and how do they experience “personal improvement”? Under what circumstances do these initiatives fail or succeed?

In the second annual workshop to explore the use of ethnographic methods within social enterprise research we are interested in methodological and empirical work pursuing an ethnographic approach to social enterprise. We welcome methodological reflections and empirical contributions in the form of a single case study, a multi-sited ethnographic framework, or an auto-ethnography of being a social enterprise practitioner. Of particular interest, and stemming from discussion in the initial workshop, is work that seeks to explore the ways that the current political discourse of social enterprise is used and interpreted, challenged or supported by actors within the sector.

Abstracts: Send abstracts of no more than 800 words via email by 5pm on Friday 18th March
Venue: Centre for Executive Education (CEE) room 6, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA


Multi/Cross-Cultural Education in Need of Paradigmatic Change

Guest PostsMulti/Cross-Cultural Education in Need of Paradigmatic Change
Guest post by Zvi Bekerman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

As an educational anthropologist, I have been involved, for many years now, in the study of inter/cross-cultural encounters. At first doing ethnographic research on, rather short educational cross-cultural encounters, and for the last fourteen years following the activities of the integrated, bilingual Palestinian-Arab and Jewish schools in Israel. After so many years of continuous research I would have expected to have more clarity about the potential of these educational efforts to sooth conflict, yet I stay ambivalent. My ambivalence and, at times, my doubts have little to do with the qualities of those involved in the educational initiatives – teachers, principals, parents, students, supervisors and more. Any dissatisfaction I may sense has little to do with the quality of individual teachers or students and much to do with the quality of the systems we all cooperatively build for these educational initiatives to inhabit. This is not to say that these initiatives, as any other educational contexts might not benefit from a more critical approach to their implemented practices and their sustaining theories, it is just to make sure we understand that what could be considered unsuccessful practices are many times adaptive moves to local and global systemic circumstances we collectively create and sustain.

In this short note I want to point at some paradigmatic issues, which I believe if not dealt with, might stand in the way of allowing educational cross-cultural or multicultural efforts to contribute, even in a small way, to the improvement of relations among communities in conflict. These paradigmatic issues have to with the failure of multi/cross-cultural education to account for the primacy of national and psychologized educational perspectives in their theoretical analyses while failing to recognize the connection between their essentialist approach to identity and culture and their larger sociopolitical context, the nation-state. Theoretically I’m aligned with what has recently come to be identified as the ‘ontological turn’ in philosophy and the social sciences (Escobar, 2007; Kivinen & Piiroinen, 2004; Paleček & Risjord, 2013; van Dijk & Withagen, 2014), encouraging a move from the epistemological to the ontological.

The move starts by restoring the concept of identity/culture to its historical sources, thus de-essentializing it. It then points at the nation state as the definite product of modernity; a modernity that has produced a distinct social form, radically different from that of the traditional order of the past. This modernity is characterized by very specific forms of territoriality and surveillance capabilities that monopolize effective control over social relations across definite time-space distances and over the means of violence. The nation state can be viewed as a political socio-economic phenomenon that seeks to exercise its control over the populations comprising it by establishing a culture which is at once homogeneous, anonymous (all the members of the polity, irrespective of their personal sub-group affiliations, are called upon to uphold this culture) and universally literate (all members share the culture the state has canonized). Reflecting modern psychologized epistemologies upon which it builds its power, the nation state creates a direct and unobstructed relationship between itself and all its ‘individual’ citizens: not tribe, ethnic group, family or church is allowed to stand between the citizen and the State.

These moves produce new meanings which are then developed into a methodology – cultural analysis – that is to say the gaining of skills on how to read/describe the world through careful observation and recording of practical activity, which in turn allows for a shift from the individual or the socializing group as the crucial analytic unit for (educational) analysis to the processes and mechanisms of producing cultural contexts through social interaction. Finally, the process leads to a new articulation of major policy issues related no longer to identity/culture and its components (individual, texts, etc), but to the analysis of particular identities/cultures and how these are produced/constructed in the particular context of particular societies.

Looking at the world in this way, seriously and critically, means being open to finding new criteria through which to name categories and their phenomena. The process could be liberating in that it could bring about the understanding that identity/culture are not necessarily the right criteria through which to describe the world, its inhabitants and events; not that they do not necessarily exist or are only hegemonic constructs, but that though they are legitimate, they need not result in individual suffering.

When these elements are not accounted for in multi/cross-cultural educational efforts, they risk consolidating that same reality they intended to overcome. Multi/cross-cultural education is in urgent need of reviewing its paradigmatic foundations while problematizing the political structures which sustain the conflicts it tries to overcome.

We should not expect multi/cross-cultural educational initiatives to be able to offer solutions to longstanding and bloody conflicts that are rooted in very material unequal allocation of resources. Unfortunately, many times societies/governments find it easier to support such initiatives rather than work hard towards structural change. In my recent book, The Promise of Integrated, Multicultural, and Bilingual Education: Inclusive Palestinian-Arab and Jewish Schools in Israel (Oxford University Press, 2016), those interested will find the above arguments developed and expanded.


Escobar, A. (2007). The ‘ontological turn’ in social theory. A commentary on ‘Human geography without scale’, by Sallie Marston, John Paul Jones II and Keith Woodward. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32(1), 106-111.

Kivinen, O., & Piiroinen, T. (2004). The relevance of ontological commitments in social sciences: Realist and pragmatist viewpoints. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 34(3), 231-248.

Paleček, M., & Risjord, M. (2013). Relativism and the ontological turn within anthropology. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 43(1), 3-23.

van Dijk, L., & Withagen, R. (2014). The horizontal worldview: A Wittgensteinian attitude towards scientific psychology. Theory & Psychology, 24(1), 3-18.

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University of Oxford Postdoctoral Fellowship (UK)

Qualitative Researcher (Ethnography)
University of Oxford – Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Closes: 9th September 2015

The Health Experiences Research Group, within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is seeking a postdoctoral ethnographer to join the internationally regarded HERG team. This excellent opportunity has arisen through funding for an NIHR HS&DR funded project. The INQUIRE study aims to improve NHS capability to interpret online feedback from patients and the public, and to understand whether and how to act on this to improve services. INQUIRE is comprised of five projects; this post involves being part of a project which will capture how NHS staff, and the organisations they work for, use (and resist using) user-generated online content in practice. The postholder will be responsible for conducting in-depth organisational case studies in four NHS Trusts across the UK and will be embedded in each of the four sites for a period of time in order to study individual and organisational-level issues in relation to online patient feedback on health services.

You will hold a PhD in a social science or possess equivalent research experience, have proven experience of ethnographic research, preferably with experience relevant to technology adoption in a health care setting, with excellent interpersonal, analytic and communication skills, a strong publication record and an interest in digital healthcare.

The post is available full-time, fixed-term, for 2 years.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 9 September 2015. We plan to hold interviews on Wednesday 23 September or Tuesday 29 September 2015 (date to be confirmed).

CFP Urban Foodways and Communication

Urban Foodways

Call for Chapter Proposals for a New Book
Urban Foodways and Communication: Ethnographic Studies in Intangible Cultural Food Heritages Around the World

Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: November 15, 2014

Casey Man Kong Lum, William Paterson University, USA, and
Marc de Ferriere le Vayer, the UNESCO Chair Project on Safeguarding and Promoting Cultural Food Heritage, the University of Tours, France

Book Overview:
Embedded in the quest for ways to preserve and promote heritage of any kind is an appreciation or a sense of an impending loss of a particular way of life – knowledge, skills set, traditions — deemed vital to the survival of a culture. Foodways places the production, procurement, preparation and sharing or consumption of food at an intersection among culture, tradition, and history. Thus, foodways is an important material and symbolic marker of identity, race and ethnicity, gender, class, ideology and social relations.

Intangible cultural heritage, according to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, refers to “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.”

Urban Foodways and Communication seeks to enrich our understanding of unique foodways in urban settings around the world as forms of intangible cultural heritage. Each ethnographic case study is expected to focus its analysis on how the featured foodways manifests itself symbolically through and in communication. The proposed volume aims to help advance our knowledge of urban food heritages in order to contribute to their appreciation, preservation, and promotion. We invite chapter proposals from scholars from all geographic and cultural regions of the world, and are particularly interested in attracting scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to write ethnographic case studies of distinctly identifiable foodways that they consider worthy of examination as intangible cultural heritage.

Submission Guidelines:
While the definition of intangible cultural heritage by the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage provides a good general conceptual framework, interested colleagues are encouraged to contribute their most current research and interpretation to substantiate, augment, or otherwise advance our understanding in this area of academic inquiry.

What to submit:
All submissions must include two documents, a Chapter Proposal and a separate CV of no more than three pages. The Chapter Proposal must contain (a) a working title of the proposed chapter, (b) an 800 to 1,000-word exposition consisting of a clear description of the proposed ethnographic case study and a concise statement on how and why the foodways being examined can be regarded as a form of intangible cultural heritage, and (c) a one to two-page annotated outline of the proposed chapter. Please do not identify yourself in any way in the Chapter Proposal. Include in your submission a separate CV of no more than three pages. All submissions will go through a referee process by a review committee established in conjunction with the UNESCO Chair Project on Safeguarding and Promoting Cultural Food Heritage at the University of Tours, France.

Submission format:
All submissions must be written in English and prepared in accordance with the style of the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. Please submit your documents in the MS Word file format.

Submission deadline (and contact person for inquiry):
Please send your Chapter Proposal and CV in the same email on or before November 15, 2014 (Eastern Time) to: Casey Lum
Notification of acceptance status of chapter proposals: December 15, 2014
Submission deadline of complete chapters: on or before April 15, 2015

Length of each complete chapter manuscript:
Each complete chapter manuscript must be between 5,000 and (no more than) 5,500 words, inclusive of the main text and References. The use of the 12-point Times New Roman font in MS Word is preferred.

CFP ABC discourse conference Italy 2014

ABC International Symposium on the Ins and Outs of Professional Discourse Research
March 6 – 7, 2014; Modena, Italy

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Conference scope
Researching professional discourse is an exciting multi-faceted enterprise, from gaining access and collecting data  to feeding these results back in the form of recommendations to practitioners. This two-day symposium invites contributions which explore these two extreme ends of the scholarly process , investigating written, oral, non-verbal and digital communication in professional settings as both input and output or: the “ins and outs” of business discourse research.

Day  One –  6 March: THE INS (Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali – Modena) focuses on issues of access and data collection: how can we convince practitioners to let us observe, record, interview, survey etc? And what counts as data? How much do we need ? In what shape and form? And how does our research interfere with what we study?

Day Two  – 7 March: THE OUTS (Dipartimento di Comunicazione ed Economia – Reggio Emilia) looks at how results can be fed back to the field in the form of recommendations: how can business discourse research be applied to help shape practice? How do we translate our methods and concepts for the communities that we investigate, including industry, government and non – profit organizations?

The symposium offers an all-plenary format, with ample time for discussion. On both days we welcome data- and case-based, empirical talks, presenting best practices, self-reflections or meta-analyses, drawing on a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and critical perspectives on  professional and business discourse, from ethnography, corpus studies and sociolinguistics to interaction analysis, genre studies and document design.

The symposium language is English.

Symposium contact:: abceuropesymposium AT or glenmichael.alessi AT

ABC Members and students: 75 Euros (Late registration: 100 Euros)
Non-members: 100 Euros (Late registration: 150 Euros)

University of Macau

On April 15, 2013 I gave a talk entitled: “Asking cultural questions: Using ethnography to answer questions about cultural identity” for the Department of Communication at the University of Macau. The topic and case studies provided were related to my research.


On April 16, 2013, I gave another talk in the Department, entitled “Intercultural dialogue: Catching up to the practitioners.” This talk was related to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

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My thanks to Dr. Todd Sandel for organizing these events, and for all the time spent showing me around Macau, and to his students and colleagues for providing such a good audience, and asking provocative questions.

Sandel and graduate students with Leeds-Hurwitz
Sandel and graduate students with Leeds-Hurwitz

While at the University of Macau, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Martin Montgomery (Chair Professor and Head of Department), Dr. Timothy Simpson (Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities), Dr. TAN See Kam, Dr. Annie YANG, Dr. Ozge GIRIT, Dr. Mike Chinoy, and Dr. Andrew Moody. As Dr. Ingrid Piller (at Macquarie University in Australia) also happened to be present to give a talk of her own, I also was able to meet her. I am looking forward to continuing the conversations started on this trip.

Being in Macau was particularly interesting given the combination of Chinese and Portuguese influences on the city. Whether on campus or elsewhere, most signs provide information in Chinese and Portuguese, and often English as well, as documented below.


Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Cal State U Long Beach job ad

California State University Long Beach

Tenure Track Position Opening
Recruitment  #: 1064
Effective Date: August 19, 2013 (Fall Semester)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. in Communication Studies or Performance Studies (or a closely related field) by date of appointment.  Demonstrated potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate (M.A.) level; potential for an ongoing, successful record of scholarly research and publication commensurate with professional level; commitment to and/or expertise in educating a diverse student population.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university/college level.  Experience in teaching courses in performance studies, including oral interpretation and storytelling, and intercultural communication. The ideal candidate will have experience with oral history, ethnography, or narrative and an emphasis in issues of diversity and culture.

We also welcome applications from candidates with expertise in interpersonal/organizational contexts using quantitative social scientific methodologies, and with experience teaching courses in communication theory, research methods, and content courses relevant to those contexts.

Duties: Teach undergraduate and graduate (M.A.) department courses within the areas of the candidate’s expertise. Participate in curriculum development; engage in a systematic program of scholarship resulting in conference presentations and publication; advise and direct students; provide service to department, college, university, and community.

The Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation.  We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. California State University, Long Beach is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Required Documentation:  Letter of application addressing minimum and desired/preferred qualifications as noted above; curriculum vitae with current email address. Three recent letters of recommendation. A copy of the transcript from institution awarding highest degree. Summary of teaching evaluations. Finalists will be required to submit a signed SC-1 form and official transcript. Application and required documentation should be submitted on the Academic Jobs Online website .Requests for information, official transcript, letters of recommendation and signed SC-1 form should be sent to:

Dr. Amy Bippus, Chair
Department of Communication Studies, AS 309
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA   90840-2407
562/985-4302/amy.bippus AT

Application Deadline:  Position open until filled or recruitment cancelled.  Review of applications to begin on November 15, 2012.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, political affiliation, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran’s status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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