Ethnography and Modern Languages Research

Ethnography and Modern Languages Research
25 November 2020, 2.00pm - 4 December 2020, 3.00pm
Research Training

Course leaders: Chandra Morrison (LSE) and Naomi Wells (IMLR)

Please note the date for the final session is Wednesday 9th December not Friday 4th December as previously advertised and stated above.

Dates and times: 
Wednesday 25 November 2-3pm
Wednesday 2 December 2-3pm 
Wednesday 9 December 2-3pm

This 3-part course will introduce researchers to theories and methods associated with ethnography, with a particular focus on their relevance and applicability to Modern Languages research. Understood as more than simply a fieldwork-based research method, the course will explore what ethnographic praxis can bring to languages and cultures research more broadly, particularly in terms of epistemology and researcher reflexivity. At the same time, the course leaders will draw on their own ethnographic fieldwork experiences to provide more practical advice and guidance. Lastly, the course will introduce students to new trends in ethnographic research, including forms of digital ethnography that have become increasingly important for online research.

The course is split into 3 1-hour sessions over 2 weeks in order to incorporate additional online discussions and activities between sessions. Those who register must be able to attend all 3 sessions and participate in additional activities between sessions (which should take roughly 2-3 hours in total).

Registration is free of charge but numbers will be limited to facilitate active participation and discussion during the session.

This session has been organised by the Institute’s Fieldwork and Modern Languages working group, chaired by Claire Griffiths ( Please contact Naomi Wells ( or visit our online research training area for more general questions about the IMLR's research training programme.


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