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Ethnographic Non/Fictions

Ethnographic Non/Fictions
Speaker: Dr Laura Watts # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Professor Lisa Wynn # Macquarie University
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27th Sep 2019 15:00 - 27th Sep 2019 17:00
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building

What is the relationship between ethnographic research and genres of fiction/non-fiction writing (from poetry and sci-fi to reportage, investigative journalism and biography)? We all know that ethnographic writing is inspired by non-ethnographic prose. We also know that writers of history, biography, fiction and creative non-fiction often work with the methods and the language of ethnography. What do these exchanges look like in practice? How can we learn from them? What do anthropologists add or bring to non-ethnographic genres of fiction and non-fiction wriating? What can anthropologists take from the craft of creative fiction and non-fiction writing for ethnography. What happens when we seek to shape story, plot, situation, persona, character, scene? How and when is our writing deliberately affective?

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