Ethnography is increasingly recognised and practiced as a crucial research method across a range of social sciences and beyond. In fact, more than a method, ethnography could be said to entail a whole philosophy of social research and a special sensitivity towards the social worlds in which people live.

In 2020, the journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (ERQ) and the University of Bergamo will host their 8th Conference on ethnographic research. We are now launching a call for panel sessions to be included in the event. Panel sessions will normally host one or two 3-hour slots with approximately 5 presentations per slot.

We welcome session proposals that have the following characteristics:

– Maximum of 2 convenors per session. A full name, affiliation and email address should be provided for each convenor, with a clear indication of the contact scholar. A short 100-word bio profile of each convenor is welcome.

– A session proposal text (maximum 400 words). We invite sessions that tackle broad, substantive, and important topics for ethnographic research. Methodological, ethical and reflexive issues may be included in proposals, but should not constitute the topic itself. We privilege sessions that provide an innovative, fresh take on the classic problems of ethnography as well as more novel areas where current ethnographic research has developed important research insights. Proposals should make clear how they plan to attract presentations from one or more disciplines and fields of study. We also expect proposals to be able to show that the proposed topic is interesting, socially relevant, and that current research on the topic is flourishing (or should be).

– List of 3-10 broad and relevant open questions that conference contributions are expected to address.

– List of 5-7 keywords. Keywords should be substantive rather than disciplinary, specifying as clearly as possible the focus of interest.

– List of 5-7 sub-disciplines of cross-disciplinary areas of concern.

Submit your Session Proposal to no later than 31 May 2019.

Received proposals will be reviewed and selected by 30 June 2019.

A maximum of 20/25 Proposals will be accepted.

The subsequent call for papers will be open from September 2019 through December 2019.

Convenor/s of accepted sessions are free to decide whether or not to ask contributors for full papers. This may also depend on your interest to propose a Special Issue on the topics of your session to the journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (for any inquiry about this opportunity, please contact

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