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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: digital-ethnography.com
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 annettemarkham.com
The groups are facilitated by Professor Annette Markham (RMIT
in collaboration with Associate Professor Lisbeth Frølunde (Roskilde
Lisbeth will also present the Dancing with Parkinson’s collaborative
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
•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
•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
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/ ruc.dk)> if you have questions about the application process.
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