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[Commlist] online PhD course “Autoethnographic methods: Building ethnographic reflexivity through creative arts-based practice”

Tue Mar 23 20:42:07 GMT 2021

The online PhD course “Autoethnographic methods: Building ethnographic reflexivity through creative arts-based practice” led by Prof. Annette Markham is open for applications

There are still a few places on the 4 ECTS PhD course “Autoethnographic methods” offered by Roskilde University, Denmark.

We expect a mix of mainly European and Australian PhD students. The online course meetings occur in June and September and are adapted to different time zones (see Schedule below).

The application process is described here: <>

The deadline for registration is April 15th, 2021 via this site: <>

Applicants will receive notice of acceptance via email by the end of April.

For details, updates and course literature, please visit the external course website here: <>

About the course

Annette Markham is the course leader and will hold a keynote speech during the course. Annette is Professor of Media and Communication and Co-Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She is also Professor MSO at Aarhus University, Denmark (on leave).

Annette is a well-known ethnographer and methodologist, particularly for her work on building innovative and ethical approaches to studying the complexity of digitally-saturated social contexts. Her work is published in a range of journals and books; more information and links can be found on <>

The groups are facilitated by Professor Annette Markham (RMIT University) <> in collaboration with Associate Professor Lisbeth Frølunde (Roskilde University) <>

Lisbeth will also present the Dancing with Parkinson’s collaborative project <>

Course objective

The main objective of the course is to explore and practice autoethnography as a main or supplemental mindset and method. The course focuses on building participants' ability to conduct autoethnographic reflections through active text and visual production for the PhD thesis. There will be group work with time to experiment with writing, as well as arts-based approaches to autoethnography.

This course introduces the ontological, epistemological and ethical premises of autoethnography, provides opportunities for practicing this approach through audio/visual/writing modes. In short, we will work on issues such as:

•How can the different autoethnographic approaches help build the researcher's reflections and reflexivity?

•What ethical challenges become more salient when engaging in autoethnography practice?

•How can the researcher become clear about his or her own involvement in creating, feeling, sensing and understanding research and knowledge processes using autoethnography?

•How can one use and defend autoethnographic approaches in more traditional academic disciplines and why might this be an important step to take in one’s own field?

•What is the spectrum of theoretical traditions related to autoethnographic methods?

•How can autoethnographic genres and media be applied by the individual course participant / researcher in a PhD thesis?


The course spans from June 7^th to September 10^th . The course includes lectures and workshop time for autoethnographic text production (text in the expanded sense). The course includes three segments:

1)  The first week includes three half-day meetings of lecture, discussion, and small exercises (June 7, 9, 11: 08:00-12:15 in Copenhagen / 16:00-20:15 in Melbourne), along with two days of independent practice with the approach (June 8, 10: Self-guided exercises, alone or in workshop format with your small team in ambient connection sessions).

2) The second meeting occurs three months later (September 9), with a one-day symposium inviting participants to showcase and present/perform their work. The individual submissions should be ready for group feedback on September 3.

3) The third meeting follows directly after the symposium, where facilitators and participants meet to talk about the outcomes, consider future publications, and discuss an ethics of care embedded in autoethnographic practice (September 10).


Free for students from Denmark and other countries. Students should be currently enrolled at a doctoral school within the humanities.

(For PhD students who are not within the humanities, you are welcome at the price of 3.600 DKK. You can apply for a fee waiver.)

Please contact the course administrator Marianne Sloth Hansen <(msha /at/> if you have questions about the application process.


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