Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnographic Design

Institution: University of California San Diego
School or Division: Social Sciences
Academic Department: Communication
Disciplinary Specialty of ResearchThis fellowship focuses on ethnographic design, a topic of interest to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines.  While we expect most candidates to come from the social sciences, we will entertain applications from the arts and humanities, and other disciplines if they demonstrate an engagement with and dedication to ethnographic method.
Description of the Position: The Studio for Ethnographic Design at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow who will contribute to developing a new initiative for ethnographic inquiry. This initiative, the UC Collaborative for Ethnographic Design (CoLED), is an interdisciplinary project that is housed at UCSD and links six University of California campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and San Diego), tying together scholars from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds who are thinking critically about the practice of ethnography as a method, and the changing conditions of its production, forms and techniques. The collaboratory will also serve as a means to improve pedagogical agendas for graduate student training in ethnographic practice.
The fellow’s primary responsibilities include conceptualizing, programming and developing proposals for a public conference on the future of ethnographic research scheduled for fall 2016. Fellows will also participate in the initiative’s ongoing schedule of activities, which include thematic practicums elaborating various aspects of ethnography – from initial project design and collaboration in research to critical consideration of the publics with whom and for whom we conduct our research. Teaching is not required, leaving the fellow with time to work on independent projects, which ideally will overlap with the mission of the initiative. This position will afford the candidate latitude to conduct a wide range of activities related to the practice of ethnography; it will also place the candidate at the center of a network of scholars at the forefront of ethnographic design. For more information on the Studio for Ethnographic Design (SED) and the UC Collaborative for Ethnographic Design (CoLED) please visit our webpage at
Qualifications Required and Preferred Academic Background: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent and be able to demonstrate a sustained engagement with innovative ethnographic methods, as both practice and object of analytical inquiry. Useful experience might include event planning and successful grant writing. Again, discipline is not as important as focus on ethnographic method and design.
 Salary: $42,840/yr with benefits. For information on benefits package, see
 Appointment Length: 18 months with the possibility of extension. While collaboration and research would begin on July 1, 2015, we would not expect the fellow to be in residence in San Diego until September 1, 2015.
 Application Procedure: Send applications via email to Elana Zilberg at Please use “SED Postdoc Application” in the subject line.
All applicants should submit:
(1) a CV (maximum five pages),
(2) a cover letter that briefly explains your research and its relationship with ethnography, demonstrated organizational skills, and successful proposal writing experience (maximum 3 pages),
(3)  a statement discussing the practice of ethnography both as theory and as a method, and your contributions to current innovations in advancing the method  to meet the challenges of the changing conditions of field based research (maximum 2 pages)
 (4) one writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s use of and engagement with ethnography, and
(5) a statement detailing how their presence would contribute to diversity on UCSD’s campus. (For information on this statement, see
Letters of Recommendation: The candidate should request letters of recommendation from two referees. These letters should be sent via email to Elana Zilberg at Please ask your reviewers to use “Recommendation for candidates full name” in the subject line.
Application Closing date: 05/12/2015
Job Posting Expiration: 05/12/2105

IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología (Mexico City, October 7-10, 2015)

Call for Papers
Deadline: April 30, 2015.
We invite anthropologists and colleagues to present paper proposals at IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología that will take place October 7-10, 2015 in downtown Mexico City.
People interested in presenting a paper can ask to add his proposal to one of the ACCEPTED PANELS (se below) or they can ask for a complete list writing to:
To propose a paper, please fill a FORM in the webpage of the conference (see below), where we ask for title, abstract, and name and number of the panel in in which you want to participate, in case your paper is not already accepted in any panel. Also, we ask for personal information: name, institution, academic degree and e-mail. You can also ask for a paper proposal file if you write to
Deadline: April 30, 2015.

Altered states: Cross-disciplinary explorations of tradition and the emergent in Latin America – Call for Papers

The deadline to submit panels, workshop proposals, and paper presentations is Jan 10 (Saturday).

Ithaca College – Apr. 17–18, 2015

The theme of this year’s conference is Altered states: Cross-disciplinary explorations of tradition and the emergent in Latin America. The introduction of ideas and patterns that challenge tradition, and the interplay between old and new, creates a dynamism in the region that is both exciting and challenging for those who study it. Boundaries often blur as the states of society, culture, politics and identity are altered. We seek to examine these alterations from a wide variety of perspectives and academic disciplines.

We encourage submissions that address this year’s theme, and also welcome paper and panel proposals dealing with all other aspects of Latin America, as well as proposals for workshops that inform faculty and students on practical issues such as study abroad programs in Latin America, academic publishing, the road to tenure, and effective pedagogical techniques.

Proposals are due by Sat. Jan. 10, 2015.  You will need to supply:

  • Title of individual paper, panel, or workshop (specify which);
  • Your name (panel and workshop proposals must include the names and paper titles of all presenters; discussants are optional);
  • Your institution and position (faculty, graduate or undergraduate student, other); and
  • A 250-word abstract in English or Spanish.

Applicants will be informed by Sat., Feb. 7, 2015 whether their proposals have been accepted.

MACLAS offers prizes for the best book and best article or chapter published by a member in the last two years, as well as prizes for the best undergraduate and graduate papers presented at the conference.  Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a Christina Turner Travel Award to help defray conference costs.  For details, click here.

Conference registration fees are $125 for the full conference or $75 for one day if submitted by Mar. 15, 2015.  After this date, the fees are $175 for the full conference or $100 for one day.  In order to appear on the program, conference participants must be current members of MACLAS.  Annual dues range from $10–$35, depending on professional status and income.

The Ideal City: between myth and reality – Call for Abstracts


The RC21 Conference 2015 will be hosted by the School of Social and Political Sciences – Department of Economics, Society, and Politics at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy.

The proposed abstracts besides addressing the single sessions’ topics should be inspired by the conference theme of ‘The ideal city between myth and reality’

The selection process

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2015. Each abstract will be classified by the session organizers into three categories:

A – Accepted abstract to be presented at the conference;
B – Accepted abstract as a contribution to the conference (available online) (this paper might be presented in case of drop outs);
C – Refused abstract. The paper will not be presented at the conference.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to and to the session organizers (see email addresses listed below).

Authors of accepted abstracts should send their paper not later than 15 June 2013 to: and to the session organizers. The accepted papers will be published online on the website only if submitted in time.

Abstracts should include the following information:

A – The session to which the abstract is submitted.
B – A synthesis of the issues to be addressed in the paper, the hypothesis underlying them, the empirical and/or the theoretical basis, and the structure of the paper (300-500 words).
C – The contact of the author(s): Name(s), affiliation, address, a phone nr. (will not be made public) and an e-mail address.


Call for Book Manuscripts – Maps, Spaces & Cultures

Edited by Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University) and Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico). Editorial board: Michiel van Groesen (University of Amsterdam), Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University) and Dan Terkla (Illinois Wesleyan University). This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures. While the history of cartography has traditionally focused on internal developments in European mapping conventions and technologies,  pre-modern scribes, illuminators, and printers of maps tended to work in multiple genres. Spatial thinking informed and was informed by multiple epistemologies and perceptions of the order of nature.
 Maps, Spaces, Cultures therefore integrates the study of cartography and geography within cultural history. It  puts genres that reflected and constituted spatial thinking into dialogue with the cultures that produced and consumed them, as well as with those they represented. The editors welcome submissions from scholars of the histories of art, material culture, colonialism, exploration, ethnography (including that of peoples described as monsters), encounters, literature,  philosophy, religion, science and knowledge, as well as of the history of cartography and related disciplines. They encourage interdisciplinary submissions that cross traditional historical, geographical, or methodological boundaries, that include works from outside Western Europe and outside the Christian tradition, and that develop new analytical approaches to pre-modern spatial thinking, cartography, and the geographical imagination. Authors are cordially invited to write to either of the series editors, Surekha Davies ( and Asa Simon Mittman (, or to the  publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk (, to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.
For Brill’s Open Access options click here: 

Cultural Domain Analysis (July 27-31, 2015) Summer Course

Supported by the National Science Foundation

Cultural domain analysis (CDA) is the study of how people in a group think about lists of things that somehow go together. These can be physical, observable things—kinds of wine, kinds of music, rock singers, foods that are appropriate for dessert, medicinal plants, ice cream flavors, animals you can keep at home, horror movies, symptoms of illness—or conceptual things like occupations, roles, emotions, things to do on vacation, things you can do to help the environment, and so on. The method comes from work in cognitive anthropology but it has since been picked up in fields such as marketing, product development, and public health. CDA involves systematic interviewing to get lists of items that comprise a coherent cognitive domain.

The data collection methods covered in this five-day course include: free lists, pile sorts, triad tests, paired comparisons and ratings. The data analysis methods include: multidimensional scaling, hierarchical clustering, property fitting (PROFIT), quadratic assignment procedure (QAP), and consensus analysis.

The methods covered in this course are based on the analysis of profile matrices and similarity matrices. The class covers the theory behind these matrices and how they can be used in many different areas of research, including the analysis of qualitative data (like text and images) and in social network analysis. Participants get hands-on practice with data collection techniques and with data analysis using Anthropac and Ucinet software.

Statistics in Ethnographic Research (July 20-24, 2015) Summer Course

Supported by the National Science Foundation

This five-day course covers the concepts and skills needed for analyzing and interpreting quantitative data collected as part of ethnographic field research. Researchers will learn how to: (1) develop quantitative measures of behaviors, attitudes, and material objects; (2) provide group-level summaries of quantitative data; (3) frame expectations about group differences and relationships between variables; (4) test those expectations with quantitative data; and (5) justify why a specific test is appropriate for a given kind of data.

In addition to lectures, the course involves class activities, visualizations, and analysis of real data, to illustrate the main concepts and skills and to walk participants through the steps of quantitative data collection and analysis. A supplemental web site contains primary course materials—lecture powerpoints, readings, activity modules, and datasets analyzed in the course.

A key goal of the course is to familiarize participants with techniques for analyzing the kinds of quantitative data commonly collected as part of ethnographic field research.