Ethnographic Salon 2020

The Ethnography Studio presents:


The 2020 Ethnographic Salon

Rice’s Ethnography Studio is pleased to announce the call for participants for the 2020 Ethnographic Salon, February 28th, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM in the Sewall Hall Sculpture Garden. Continuing our tradition, the Ethnographic Salon is a celebration of the value and potential of ethnography as an intellectual and collaborative practice. All undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to submit proposals. 

This year’s Salon will be an interdisciplinary exploration of the notion of the GRAPHIC. How are evidence and data represented visually and what do various graphic forms communicate? What forms of non-traditional visuality can we envision? During a morning workshop on the 28th from 10:00 – 12:00 PM, participants will explore how to think through graphic potential in their own research. The evening will consist of an opening roundtable discussion and a presentation of workshop participants’ graphic creations. A closing reception with refreshments and music will conclude the night. We are very happy to have Dr. Coleman Nye (Simon Fraser University), Dr. Juan Llamas Rodriguez (UT Dallas), and Dr. Jeffrey Himpele (Princeton University) join us for all of the activities.

In preparation for the Salon, participants are also welcome to attend a mini workshop on February 17th from 10:00 – 12:00 PM to learn about a variety of graphic forms and practical exercises that will help students problematize and develop their graphic works. Lunch will be provided. Potential modalities to explore include photography, ethnography, graphs, computer graphics, infographics, graphic novels, and more. Each student’s graphic can engage any topic of their choosing and emerge from either their research or their own creation. The purpose of the graphic creation is to express an argument, moment of inquiry, or to experiment with evidence graphically. No prior experience with drawing, photography, graph making, or other relevant practices is necessary. Submissions from across Rice’s schools are encouraged. 

How to participate: Please RSVP to by February 12th

We will ask participants to submit their graphic works, along with a 300-word description about their chosen form, what questions arise from it, and how it relates to their research interests by February 25th. Please also include name, department affiliation, and year. These submissions will be shared with our visiting guests for discussion on the morning workshop on February 28th

For more information on Ethnography Studio, see

*This workshop is funded by the Department of Anthropology, the Humanities Research Center, and the School of Social Sciences.*


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