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International Summer School in Urban Ethnography, 13-17 September 2016, Italy


April 30, 2016

Event Date:

September 13, 2016 - September 17, 2016

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The fourth edition of the Summer School in Urban Ethnography builds on the collaborative working environment established in the previous editions. The School’s core mission is to provide participants with an inside view on the practice and the skills of urban ethnography.

As such, the School represents a forum where adepts, students, cadets and scholars may familiarize themselves with the status of the discipline, absorbing the tools as well as the tricks of the trade directly from long-time practitioners. A sustained theoretical reflection is, in our view, an essential companion rather than an alternative to fieldwork. This means that discussion on key social-theoretical notions and theories is encouraged.

The fourth edition of the School pivots around urban cultures. Our aims thus include:

  • theorising culture in order to develop rich interpretations of urban cultures and cultural practices;
  • understanding the relations between cultural phenomena and urban transformation;
  • thinking through contemporary cultural practices in the context of urban spaces;
  • clarifying the concepts that connect cultural practice to social theory.

Teaching method will be based mainly on interactive formats, such as workshops, data sessions, and roundtables. Participants will have a chance to present their current research project, receive  feedback and recommendations. 
There will be three extended lectures by established international scholars. Presentation of case studies and on-going research will occupy a large share of the allotted time. A small ethnographic exercise will be carried out in groups. Reading materials will be circulated well in advance among participants, ensuring that they arrive at the meeting with a strong shared background.

The Summer School draws on the expertise of the Department of Sociology at the University of Trento in the study of urban sociology, urban cultures and territorial analysis. It is co-organized and supported by the Italian ethnography journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa and the independent publisher professionaldreamers.

How to apply

The School is for 20 participants.

The fee for participation is € 400, inclusive of tuition, coffee breaks, lunch, social dinner and welcome drink.

Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Applications are open until 30 April 2016. Acceptance will be notified within 15 May. Final registration and payment within 30 May 2016.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Interest in the Program, and abstract/outline of their current Research Project, thesis or dissertation.

Eligible Countries
Host Country
Publish Date
April 18, 2016


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