CfP| UPDATE „Digital Ethnography: Revisiting Theoretical Concepts and Methodological …“


Dear All,

Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vienna Anthropology Days 2020 will be

organized online (Sept. 28- Oct. 1, 2020

We warmly invite you to submit a proposal to our session „Digital Ethnography: Revisiting Theoretical Concepts and

Methodological Approaches.“ The conference organizers have extended the deadline to July 1.

For the details of our session, please see below. To submit a proposal, navigate to:

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Monika and Philipp


Vienna Anthropology Days (VANDA) 2020

Date & Venue

28 September – 1 October, online hosted by the University of Vienna


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 July 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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