Meeting Ethnography

Meetings as Key Technologies of Contemporary Governance, Development, and Resistance Edited by Jen Sandler, Renita Thedvall

Meetings and meeting ethnography

Meetings are one of the most prevalent contemporary sites of ethnographic engagement. In policy organizations and community centers, bureaucratic and religious institutions, schools and corporations, working among militant activists and networking professionals alike, contemporary ethnographers often find that formal and associated informal meetings are where a great deal of the action is. That we spend a large amount of our working hours in meetings is, in many settings, an utter truism. But the obviousness of this statement obscures the ethnographic importance of this most ubiquitous ritual. Meetings are part of the doxa of everyday life; we take them for granted to the point that, although we all may encounter them in fieldwork, there has been hardly any concerted and sustained effort to theorize them or to strategize around and within them. Of course, this is precisely the province of anthropology: to make the familiar strange. And there is research as is evident by this website. This network invites researchers to share their work on meetings and meeting ethnography. Join the list-server: meeting ethnography@meetingethnography.net