Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online, on Zoom platform
Established in 2006, the Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference has become a recognised scientific meeting for social researchers interested in ethnographic inquiry in Italy and abroad.
Ethnography is increasingly practiced as a crucial research method across a range of social sciences, and beyond. In fact, more than a method, ethnography could be said to entail a whole philosophy of social research and a special sensitivity towards the intersubjective worlds in which people and other creatures live.
The 2021 Edition (8th Edition) consolidates the rich intellectual discussion spurred by previous editions. Researchers from across disciplines and fields including sociology, anthropology, political sciences, arts & humanities, education, social work, geography, cultural studies, science and technology studies, and gender studies, are welcome to present their research and discuss their cutting-edge findings in a lively, informal environment.
The aims of the Conference include:
- fostering scholarly exchange and facilitate research collaborations among senior and junior scholars based in different universities and research centres in Europe and abroad;
- supporting the dissemination of fresh, original, and timely research;
- encouraging PhD students at different stages of their research career to share and present preliminary findings and fieldwork experience;
- welcoming graduate and undergraduate students as audience to the conference and active participants in the discussion.
The Conference embraces and endorses a broad, ambitious view of ethnographic research. Contributions can be based on a variety of methods, including participant observation, in-depth interviews, focus groups, video-based field studies, auto-ethnography, visual ethnography, discourse studies, and other forms of inquiry inspired and informed by an ethnographic sensibility.
Empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically sound proposals that contribute to the substantive knowledge of the social world and contemporary emerging phenomena are particularly valued.
The Conference format is based on 3-hour sessions, with 5 to 6 paper presentations per session, leaving as much room as possible for debate and discussion.
“This is not a conference, it’s a feast!”, once said a participant. Join us in celebrating a shared ethnographic passion!
About the 2021 totemic person
Who is the person pictured in the banner above?
For each Conference edition, we have selected an Italian intellectual who, while not being an ethnographer stricto sensu, has revealed a prominent ethnographic sensitivity in his/her work. By doing so, we want to both emphasise the many sources of ethnography and invite scholars to re-consider the work of certain Italian writers and artists whose attitude can be still quite inspirational nowadays. In 2014, we featured Antonio Gramsci, in 2016 Pier Paolo Pasolini, in 2018 Tina Modotti.
For the 2021 edition, we have chosen Goliarda Sapienza (see also here)
Download the Preliminary Programme
Call for Papers - Selection
Fees - Registration
starting March 15; closing May 31, 2021
Important note about video recording release form: Concerning the consent you will (or have) be(en) asked upon registration, we would like to clarify that:
- We will record exclusively the plenary sessions (keynote talks), not the entire conference, hence not the parallel sessions;
- The recordings of the plenary sessions will be posted only on the Youtube channels of ERQ and the University of Trento (the link to such channels will be posted on the conference websites), and will be used only for academic purposes;
- Prior to starting recording of the plenaries, we will inform participants in order to allow them to switch off their camera to avoid being captured in a possible "gallery view" situation, as the conference will be held via Zoom-platform. On the other hand --and once again, limited to plenary sessions--, we cannot guarantee their voice or chat message(s) will not be recorded if they choose to ask questions.
At the moment of registering for the Conference, you will be asked to choose one of the four profiles:
- Standard Fee (full time employed scholars)
- Reduced Fee (PhD, Unemployed scholars, Part-time scholars)
- UniTrento (at present enrolled at the University of Trento)
AUDIENCE (non-Authors) - from March 15 till May 31, 2021 - € 30
AUTHORS (including Poster)
AUTHORS STANDARD Fee (full time employed scholars)
Early fee-St - from March 15 till April 2, 2021 - € 100
Late fee-St - from April 3 till May 31, 2021 - € 125
AUTHORS REDUCED Fee (PhD, unemployed/part-time scholars)
Early fee-Re - from March 15 till April 2, 2021 - € 70
Late fee-Re - from April 3 till May 31, 2021 - € 90
Enrolled at the University of Trento: Fee exempted
Authors should register and pay by April 30, 2021 to be included in the Conference Programme
The standard and reduced fee includes:
- access to all conference sessions
- yearly subscription to the journal Etnografia e Ricerca qualitativa (publishing articles in Italian, English and French)
- certificate of attendance to the conference;
- access to the pre-conference workshop if you apply and are then selected (see above)
The audience fee includes:
- access to all conference sessions;
- certificate of attendance to the conference
- Chiara Bassetti, Università di Trento
- Elena Bougleux, Università di Bergamo
- Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Università di Trento
- Sebastiano Citroni, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria
- Alessandro Dal Lago, Università di Genova
- Nick Dines, European University Institute
- Giolo Fele, Università di Trento
- Elena Fontanari, Università di Milano
- Paola Gandolfi, Università of Bergamo
- Pier Paolo Giglioli, Università di Bologna
- Alberta Giorgi, Università di Bergamo
- Alessandra Gribaldo, Università di Roma Tre
- Marco Marzano, Università di Bergamo
- Cristina Mattiucci, Università di Napoli “Federico II”
- Gianmarco Navarini, Università di Milano Bicocca
- Francesca Pasquali, Università di Bergamo
- Domenico Perrotta, Università di Bergamo
- Federico Rahola, Università di Genova
email: erq.ethno.conf.soc [at] unitn.it
Credits: Graphics by Manuel Strali, original photograph from Archives Goliarda Sapienza - Angelo Pellegrino