Institutional Ethnography Workshop, 26th October 2020

Led by Adriana Suarez-Delucchi (University of Bristol)

This highly successful hands on workshop on IE provided insights into an approach which is applicable across the social sciences including health and disability studies, education, gender studies, natural resource management & land planning. IE has strong interdisciplinary potential and it is well equipped to pay attention to difference.

The workshop offered participants a practical opportunity to familiarise themselves with IE and to consider how they could use it in their own research in innovative and collaborative ways. Following an overview of IE as a feminist sociology, the speakers presented two case studies to show how it can be used and with what results. In the afternoon, attendees were given time to think, discuss, and apply IE to their own research.

Event speakers were:

– Dr Adriana Suarez-Delucchi, University of Bristol

– Dr. Órla Meadhbh Murray, Visiting Scholar, Sociology, University of Edinburgh, Research Assistant, Imperial College London

– Dr. Liz Ablett, Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Geography, University College Dublin

A link to Liz’s and Adriana’s presentation can be found here.

Links and references to some resources and literature shared during the day. 

Bram Meuleman & Corra Boushel ‘Hashtags, ruling relations and the everyday: institutional ethnography insights on social movements’ Article – on Institutional Ethnography and social media.

Reading/resource list provided by the organisers:

Kevin Walby’s work on videos as texts is very helpful when thinking of ‘changing’ texts e.g. online memes etc.

Dorothy Smith:

  • Chapter on political correctness in her 1999 book ‘Writing the Social’. Griffith, A. “Insider / Outsider: Epistemological Privilege and Mothering Work.” Human Studies 21 (1998): 361–76.
  • Readings on discourse – chapter ‘Femininity as Discourse’ in her 1990 book ‘Texts, Facts, and Femininity’.
  • On feminist Standpoint: Smith, D. “Comment on Hekman’s “Truth and Method: Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited”.” Signs 22, no. 2, Winter (1997): 392-98.

An interesting article on counter-institutional approaches with IE is: Whitley, L. and Page, T. (2015) ‘Sexism At The Centre: Locating The Problem Of Sexual Harassment’, New Formations, 86(86), pp. 34–53.

On the process of writing a text: Eastwood, L. E. “Negotiating Un Policy: Activating Texts in Policy deliberations.” In Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies. Edited by Dorothy Smith and Susan M. Turner. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Puwar, N. (2014) ‘The Archi-Texture of Parliament at Westminster’, in Rai, S. M. and Johnson, R. E. (eds) Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 234–250.

Rai, S. M. (2010) ‘Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament : Preface Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament : Preface’, 2334, pp. 281–283. doi: 10.1080/13572334.2010.498097.

Puwar, N. (2004) Space invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place. Oxford: Berg.

Back, L, ‘The Art of Listening’ (as a supplementary reading to IE)

Violet Broadhead on anarchist thinking about organized alternatives to market managerialism:

“From Cooperativism to Commoning. Historical and Contemporary Forms of the Institutions of the Common”- is an online conference, November 19th and 20th, 2020. Link here