Friday, April 28, 2023 9:00 am to Saturday, April 29, 2023 4:00 pm
Edited by the DSR's Professor Kevin Lewis O'Neill, Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century is a book series in anthropology with the University of California Press, which takes a ground-up approach to the acquisition and publication of new ethnographic works. The aim is to set the conditions for collaboration at each stage of a book’s development, from the earliest draft through publication.
Binding the series together is a principled commitment to the idea that ethnographic writing is itself a kind of intellectual work. On April 28 and 29, 2023, the series' twenty-seven authors gather at the University of Toronto for a writer’s retreat.
An Atelier book sets itself apart in at least two ways. The first is by addressing the problems and possibilities of ethnographic inquiry in the twenty-first century. These include the matter of evidence, conceptual reach, and thematic urgency, as well as narrative voice and analytical innovation. Atelier is defined by neither a particular region nor any of anthropology’s four fields, but rather by a commitment to the art of ethnography. The second is by participating in a sociality of sustained, critical reflection. The aim of this series is to generate a group of scholars from all career stages working together towards the completion of each author’s respective book project.