Oxford Minds Panel Discussion: Ethnography

The series

For Trinity Term we are focussing on research methods. The aim of these sessions is really to excite an interdisciplinary audience of graduates to understand how different methods are being used creatively across the social sciences. The panel discussions will be held during the first four weeks of term and will focus on ‘interviews’ in week 1, ‘numbers’ (quant methods) in week 2, ‘archives’ in week 3, and ‘ethnogrpahy’ in week 4.

David Mills is Associate Professor in the Department of Education. Trained in social anthropology, David uses ethnographic methods to study higher education. He is currently researching – from afar – institutional research and publishing cultures in African universities, and the impact of the discourse around so-called ‘predatory’ publishing.

Elizabeth Ewart is Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Lowland South America, Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, and Fellow of Linacre College. She works on the Anthropology of Lowland South America, Brazil, indigenous peoples, Amerindian cosmology, material anthropology, body arts, the social significance of everyday practices.

Ruben Andersson is an anthropologist working on migration, borders and security with a focus on the West African Sahel and southern Europe.