8th Ethnograpy and Qualitative Research Conference


June 9-12, 2021
Versione stampabile

Dept. of Sociology and Social Research (various Rooms) - via Verdi 26, Trento
Dept. of Humanities (​Auditorium) - via Tommaso Gar 14, Trento


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

Call for Papers
starting September 28 till January 15, 2021

starting January 18 till March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

Fees - Registration

starting March 6 till May 21, 2021

At the moment of registering for the Conference, you will be asked to choose one of the three profiles:

  • Standard
  • Reduced (PhD, Unemployed scholars, Part-time scholars)
  • UniTrento (at present enrolled at the University of Trento)

- Standard Early bird - from March 6 till April 2, 2021 - € 150 
- Standard Late - from April 3 till May 21, 2021 - € 200

- Reduced Early bird* - from from March 6 till April 2, 2021 - € 95
- Reduced Late* - from April 3 till May 21, 2021 - € 120
- UniTrento* - Fee exempted (€ 0)
* A self-certification about the status of PhD, unemployed or part-time scholar will be asked upon registration

Authors should register and pay by April 30, 2021 to be included in the Conference Programme

Social Dinner
The Social Dinner is optional. Upon registration, you will be asked if you wish to partecipate.
It will be held at the MUSE museum in Trento on Friday June 11, 2021
The dinner fee is € 28 per person (all inclusive)

Scientific Committee 

  • 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: ethnography.soc [at] unitn.it

Credits: Graphics by Manuel Strali, original photograph from Archives Goliarda Sapienza - Angelo Pellegrino