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[Commlist] DNS6 DiscourseNet Summer School 6: Ethnography meets Discourse Analysis

Wed Feb 05 10:35:13 GMT 2020

DNS6 DiscourseNet Summer School 6: Ethnography meets Discourse Analysis

*Important dates*
Date: 30/06/2020 - 3/07/2020
Call for papers ending on: 29/02/2020

DE, Tutzing

DiscourseNet: International Association for Discourse Studies
Bundeswehr University Munich
Akademie für politische Bildung, Tutzing
Network: Ethnographic Discourse Studies
Contact person: Dr Yannik Porsché, Dr Jaspal Naveel Singh
Contact person email address: (yannik.porsche /at/ [1]

*Associated media*
Flyer [2]
Cfp Call for papers [3] [4]
Poster [5]

*We invite applications for participating in the 6th DiscourseNet Summer
School in Tutzing (close to Munich), Bavaria, in the south of Germany, 30
June – 3 July 2020.*


Ethnography is often understood as a method for collecting data that enables
us to pay attention to bodies, material surroundings, atmospheres, informal
or mundane conversations and insights into the backstage of organisations and communities of practice. This is fascinating and invaluable, yet, ethnography
can do much more than that. Ethnographers contextualise linguistic data,
explore unanticipated contexts, and carry out reflexive analysis. Doing
ethnography often entails building relations of trust with “participants”
and it represents people by translating their cultural practices into
sincere, ethical and reflective writing. We propose that insights developed
in ethnographic research can be fruitful for discourse analysts, even if one
does not collect data ethnographically. Likewise, discourse studies have a
lot to offer to ethnographers: Discourse analytical methodology and theory
put the spotlight on discourse articulation or formation, usually paying
attention to – and offering ways of conceptualising – ideological
struggles, political representations, subjectivation, power, inclusion and
exclusion. Studies of social interaction or the polyphony of writing offer an
extensive toolkit for dissecting minute details of talk, voices in written
text and multimodal data, both in offline and online communication.

/*What can you expect?*/

In the three-day Summer School, you will acquire practical skills about
specific ethnographic and discourse analytical methods, such as interviewing,
participant observation, transcribing, coding, as well as writing fieldnotes
and vignettes. We will also introduce you to several software packages that
might assist you in doing your research. In addition, you will acquire
theoretical skills that allow you to better situate discourse ethnographic
methods within your approach or your disciplinary traditions and professional
ambitions. In addition to advanced scholars sharing their theoretical
insights and teaching practical competences we will reserve time for
reflection sessions and open discussion fora in which you are invited to
share experiences, point to potential problems and discuss possibilities for
solving them. If you have already collected your own empirical material, you
are most welcome to suggest samples for us to analyse or discuss together.

*/Format of classes/*

Classes will be held in a variety of formats: reading groups, data collection
exercises such as mini- field trips, walks or audio/photo/video recordings,
data interpretation and analysis sessions, lectures, and writing workshops.
We have capped the number of participants at 30, so as to ensure a beneficial
small-group learning environment.

/*Accommodation, meals and venue*/

The Summer School will take place at the Akademie für politische Bildung, in
Tutzing, Southern Bavaria, Germany, approximately 30 minutes away from
Munich. You can find more information about the venue

Accommodation in single- or double-bed rooms and full catering will be
provided in the venue. The venue is beautifully located right by the famous
and placid Starnberger Lake.

/*Your teachers*/

  * Dr Yalız Akbaba, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
  * Professor Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University
  * Professor Endre Dányi, Bundeswehr University, Munich
  * Dr Martina Kolanoski, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt
  * Professor Teresa Koloma Beck, Bundeswehr University, Munich
* Professor Felicitas Macgilchrist, Georg Eckert Institute for International
    Textbook Research, Braunschweig
  * Dr Yannik Porsché, Bundeswehr University, Munich
  * Dr Jaspal Naveel Singh, The University of Hong Kong

/*How to apply? */

The DiscourseNet Summer School “Ethnography meets Discourse Analysis” is
open to PhD and post-graduate students. If you would like to apply, please
send a *brief summary of your research project* in English (max. 250 words)
and a short biography (max. 100 words) by *29 February 2020*
to (yannik.porsche /at/ and (singhjn /at/

Participants are expected to present their ongoing research in brief
statements or academic posters, and you are also invited to submit limited
data segments (e.g. field notes, audio/video clips, images, articles or work
documents) for collaborative analysis in workshops.


We will circulate some research literature that you are asked to read before
the Summer School for discussion in class.

/*Fees for the Summer School*/

Participation fee: 180 Euros
DiscourseNet membership fee: 30 Euros
Full accommodation and meals for three days/nights: 240 Euros

Total: 450 Euros

Hopefully, we will be able to waive some fees (approximately 130 Euros) for
participants who do not receive sufficient funding from their institutions
(to be confirmed).

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