Narrative and Poetic Ethnographies in the Social Sciences (Creative) Session 2019
Abstr. due: 30.09.2019
Dates: 05.03.20 — 08.03.20
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
This creative session will present a collection of narratives and poems based on ethnographic fieldwork. The goal of this session is to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore concerns in the social sciences (broadly defined). We specifically call for presentations of ethnographic research as non-fiction narratives or non-fiction poetry. Rather than traditional academic nonfiction that foreground discussions of theoretical frameworks, we welcome submissions that narrate the particularities of interlocutors and examine these ethnographic encounters in situational and personal detail. Do these genres help us better convey the complex lives of interlocutors whose stories we as ethnographers collect? What emotions and experiences are better conveyed through these genres? How do narratives and poems help us balance theory and story in the social sciences?
In tune with the NeMLA 2020 theme of "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures," we especially encourage participation of scholars working with identities, languages (e.g. Arabic, Dhivehi, Khmer, Tibetan, Wolof, to name a few), and cultures that are underrepresented in academia. Thus, this session will also serve as a starting point of conversation on how to increase representation (of both scholar and interlocutor) in academic spaces.