DW_SWG 15: New Ways of Writing Organizational Ethnography
Call for Applications
While conventional thinking views Organizational Ethnography (OE) basically as a method, i.e.
fieldwork, OE is also – and, according to many ethnographers, most of all – a way of writing. Ethnographic descriptions are
mediated through diverse genres of writing. Since Clifford Geertz' (The Interpretation of Cultures, New York: Basic
Books, 1973) appeal for 'thick descriptions' – a textual arrangement of research data which presents a case in terms of coherently
constructed interpretations – much has changed in the practice of ethnographic writing. Through their writings, ethnographic
researchers have come to contest the idea of communicating a coherent insider’s view of a society. The very act of interpreting
necessitates an inquiry into the researcher’s role and meaning making processes of which the researcher is a part. In this
genre, writing ethnography turns into a reflexive process in which ethnographers critically assesses their role in the research
and the establishment of the findings. Moreover, changing requirements of academic achievement encourage ethnographers to
explore new ways of publishing fieldwork that divert from the classic ethnographic monograph.
The main aim of this workshop is to produce a stronger paper outline based on an earlier submitted draft paper that presents ethnographic data. In order to achieve this aim, the workshop will instruct participants about diverse genres of ethnographic writing in order to show how these genres might usefully be applied to studies of organizations of all kinds. In addition, the challenges of reflexive writing will be discussed, examples of good practice will be provided and alternative ways of writing OE will be explored.
The workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 9:00am–15:00pm.
This Development Workshop targets organizational scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests wishing
to enhance their knowledge of and skills in ethnographic writing. All scholars interested in developing their papers towards
publishable articles are invited to apply to this workshop on "New Ways of Writing Organizational Ethnography". However, preference
will be given to the PhD and early career scholars. To be considered as an early career scholar, the applicant needs
to have completed his/her doctoral/PhD thesis within the last three years. All applicants are required to have hands-on experience
in ethnographic research.
Please submit – via the EGOS website! – a single document of application that includes:
- On the first page: a short letter of application containing full details of name, address (postal address, phone and email), affiliation (date of PhD completion for early career scholars), a statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the workshop as well as an indication of what journal(s) the paper is likely to be submitted to.
- A draft paper based on ethnographic data that you want to develop to a publishable stage.