Call for ethnographic fieldnotes, images and artifacts: Concordia living gallery.

Fieldnotes, found objects and other research artifacts are vital to ethnographic practice. Fieldnotes represent the record from which ethnographic accounts are constructed, often involving prolific note taking, scribbling and surprising analytical discoveries while on the move. In recent years, many ethnographers have pushed the boundaries of traditional fieldnotes, recognizing new ways of gathering data in the field. They’ve also taken seriously the multiple sensitivities that constitute the lived experiences of people and collectivities, including touch, texture, smell, sound and sight. Critical, auto-ethnographic and collaborative methods have further worked to expand the scope of ethnographic field data, integrating everything from political archives, to photo-voice and other forms of collective artistry.

For the opening of the Concordia Ethnography Lab and Living Gallery, we will be holding a collective exhibition of ethnographic fieldnotes and field data of many shapes, sizes and materials. Our inaugural theme for the living gallery’s first exhibition is Initiations. Along with expanding notions of what constitutes field data, the Living Gallery also seeks to provide an inclusive forum for critical, collaborative discussions on ethnographic and curatorial practices.

We invite faculty members and graduate students from any department to submit diverse ethnographic field-data, including fieldnotes, notebooks, sketches, maps, sound-clips, and artifacts (as conceived inside or outside of the box). The selected submissions will be showcased at the Ethnography Lab’s inaugural opening in mid-February 2017 and displayed on an ongoing basis as a part of the Living Gallery’s collective space in EV.10.625 until August 2017.

For consideration, please submit the following:

  1. a) A copy, scan or photo (pdf or jpeg) of texts, photographs or artifacts (please do not send originals in the proposal stage); or a sound clip (.wav or .mp3)
  2. b) A 200-400-word description of the object and how it relates to the theme of initiation and/or your experience in the field
  3. c) The dimensions of the submission
  4. d) A 100-200-word biography

N.B. You may submit multiple items, but we may only accept 1 submission per person

Please submit materials via email to:

Deadline for proposals: February 7, 2017.


~ We thank everyone in advance for their submissions. We will notify applicants of acceptances in mid-February.


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Call for workshop proposals

Dear comrades, the Speculative Life Cluster is soliciting proposals for featuring a series of workshops run by students this year. The aim of these workshops is to share skills among our members, engaging on the topics of the Cluster at the same time.
Suggested topics are (but not limited to):

  • biomedia
  • systems and media // tools for activism // hacking
  • locative media // mapping // located sound
  • urban infrastructure // critical practices
  • bodies in motion // practices // studies
  • food studies // practices
  • queering the city // queering as method
  • algorithmic life // model optimization
  • methods // ethnography
  • labor // habits // maintenance practices

Please upload your proposal to this folder. Proposals should include:

  • Workshop title.
  • Proposers’ names and primary contact email.
  • Topics that will be covered.
  • Program outline (including estimated hours and location).
  • Maximum number of attendees.
  • Any special space or equipment requests (we have a limited but existent budget).

Deadline: January 31st.