Ethnography is variably understood as a set of tools, a way of seeing, a research disposition, an ethical orientation, a mode of writing as well as an effort of generating concepts. Historically associated with social scientific research, ethnography today is just as likely to be claimed as a practice in art and design as it is in anthropology. The expansion of the field—a source of consternation and loss of identity for some, a source of inspiration and possibility for others—is now a practical reality.
Ethnography in the Expanded Field is a project that collects and archives responses to, and artifacts from, ethnographic practice from a wide range of perspectives. The form of the archive is non-hierarchical. Viewers are encouraged to explore the many contributions in a nonlinear fashion.
Contributors to the archive hail from a wide range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds including anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, art and design. In the convergence of diverse ideas and practices, the archive serves as an acknowledgement of the partiality embedded in disciplinary efforts to understand the world. Fragments from the field along with commentary on practice invite interpretation, debate and conversation. The goal of this project aims not to threaten the sanctity or rigor of ethnographic practice, but to initiate modes of social inquiry and action that derive insight from broadened repertoires and cross-disciplinary considerations.
Ethnography in the Expanded Field developed from conversations at the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought (GIDEST) and is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in conjunction with The School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design.
For more information about GIDEST please visit: gidest.org
Ethnography in the Expanded Field is organized by:
Barbara Adams, PhD Candidate in Sociology, The New School for Social Research
Scott Brown, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
John Bruce, Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design
Estefanía Acosta, Laura Sánchez, and Misha Volf
Prof. Roberley Bell
Luke Cantarella, Christine Hegel, George Marcus
Francisco Montoya Cazarez
Daniel Sebastián Forero Celis
Michael Bret Cohen
Hannah Jones, Andrea Small and Nihir Shah
Dr. Sofia Karatza
Erika Robb Larkins
Gamar Markarian and Tait Mandler
Tania Aparicio Morales
Valerio Rocco Orlando
Lina Maria Coy Rodriguez
Parsons DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab
Santiago Caicedo Torres
Otto von Busch
Website by Shannon Carroll