WORKSHOP: Remote Ethnography. Lessons from Tibet and Xinjiang.
Date & Time
7. – 8.3. 2022; 9AM – 3PM
Trainee centre 2.40, Tř. Svobody 686/26, Olomouc
This is a closed workshop. If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the organizers: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop brings together researchers on Tibet, Xinjiang and other areas in China with highly restricted access to share their experience of research in highly restricted areas, where even talking to local people can be ethically unacceptable. It aims to critically compare different approaches to doing research remotely and thereby identify or develop a set of useful methodological tools. The workshop is designed to facilitate a dialogue between researchers working on different material and contexts.
9–11 : Robert Barnett (SOAS London, Tibetan Studies professor): General and Historical Introduction to Remote Research, focusing on the example of Tibet + a contemporary case study (micro surveillance of a nunnery).
13–15 : Muqeddes Muhter (UPOL), Hacer Gonul (PhD student at Université Libre Bruxelles, working on the Chinese Islamic Association and their journals), Kamila Hladikova (UPOL), Guilia Cabras (Sinologist, Xinjiang and Chinese minorities scholar, postdoc at Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague), Rune Steenberg (UPOL) & others – short presentation of their current remote research work as a response and in relation to Robbie Barnett’s morning presentation + discussion.
9–11 : Robert Barnett (SOAS London, Tibetan Studies professor): Contemporary Remote Research on Tibet and the Rise of False Comparisons with Xinjiang. How can we extrapolate from findings about one area to another? What is comparable, and what is not? Examples provided by Robert Barnett, Muqeddes Muhter, Hacer Gonul, Kamila Hladikova, Guilia Cabras, Rune Steenberg & others.
13–15 : Rune Steenberg (UPOL): The idea of Remote Ethnography. A holistic approach to researching places of limited access. Examples provided by Robert Barnett, Muqeddes Muhter, Hacer Gonul, Kamila Hladikova, Guilia Cabras, Rune Steenberg & others + discussion.