CfP| „Digital Ethnography“ at VANDA-Vienna Anthropology Days


    Dear All,

    We are warmly inviting you to submit a paper proposal for our panel “Digital Ethnography: Revisiting Theoretical Concepts and Methodological”        

    taking place at VANDA – Vienna Anthropology Days ( , Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2020, University of Vienna, Austria).


    The deadline for submitting a paper abstract is June 1. Please find details on the call below.


    Best wishes,

    Monika and Philipp



    Vienna Anthropology Days (VANDA) 2020


    Date & Venue

    28 September – 1 October, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria



    Digital Ethnography: Revisiting Theoretical Concepts and Methodological




    Philipp Budka (University of Vienna)

    Monika Palmberger (University of Vienna)



    Ethnographic research has the potential to dig deep into mediated

    personal relationships as well as into socio-technical relations in an

    increasingly digitized and digitalized world (e.g., Hjorth et al. 2017;

    Horst & Miller, 2012; Pink et al., 2016). In order to do so,

    ethnographers and anthropologists have engaged with a variety of digital

    and multimodal methods such as online ethnographic fieldwork and

    participant observation, digital storytelling, mobile and visual media

    elicitation, digital media biographies, and digital video re-enactments

    (e.g., Pink et al., 2016). Their research has opened up new knowledge

    horizons such as the changing emotional, normative or symbolic

    dimensions of complex social relations and cultural practices entangled

    with new digital media technologies.


    This session provides room for critical and ethical reflections on

    theory and methodology in the field of digital anthropology/ethnography,

    including, but not limited to, the following questions:


    Which theoretical concepts are particularly fruitful in the ethnographic

    and anthropological exploration of digital phenomena? 

    How are such concepts entangled with methodological approaches and

    challenges, for example by reconsidering issues of collaboration,

    decolonization, confidentiality or intimacy? 

    How can we do participant observation when communication and interaction

    are increasingly ‚individualized‘ and veiled due to digital

    technologies, particularly the smartphone?

    Which forms of collecting, interpreting and representing empirical data

    do we aspire for?


    This session invites presenters to revisit previous discussions and

    critically reflect upon current relevant debates in anthropology and

    beyond. Papers may be empirically, methodologically or theoretically



    Deadline & Submission

    Please submit your paper abstracts (max. 350 words) online via the

    conference system the latest by June 1, 2020:


Dr. Monika Palmberger

recent publications:

Relational ambivalence: Exploring the social and discursive dimensions of ambivalence—The case of Turkish aging labor migrants.

International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 2019.

2019: Why alternative memory and place-making practices in divided cities matter

Space and Polity, 2019.

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