Call for papers: Ethnographies of higher education

The conference will take place 22-24 May 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic, and the full title is “Ethnographies of higher education – researching and reflecting ‘at home’”.

Keynote speakers for the conference include Wesley Shumar (Drexel University); Paul Trowler (Lancaster University); Susan Wright (Aarhus University).

Outline from the organisers: In recent years there has been a surge of interest in ethnographic studies of higher education. Not only are anthropologists turning their attention to the study of higher education but also higher education researchers from various theoretical and methodological backgrounds are employing ethnography as a valuable approach to studying multiple facets, sites, and themes of higher education, be it the formation and enactment of governance and policies, knowledge practices, learning and teaching, identities, or academics’ and students’ lives. At the same time, the conference recognizes significant changes in the field of higher education today that are globally transforming not only the social, material and technological conditions and institutional frameworks of knowledge production, transmission and translation, but also affecting the very modes of knowing. We believe ethnographic approaches are a key research strategy for understanding these changes.

The call for papers has been issued, and the deadline for abstracts is 15th of January. The organisers have set three thematic areas that are not exchaustive: politics, positionality and engagement; diversity of the field and comparative practices; ethnographic effects.

More information on both the theme and practical aspects about paper submission can be found on the conference website, or by downloading the call for papers (pdf) here.