Conference 2018 – Chile

2018 Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

Theme: Borders and boundaries: Plurality, permeability and plasticity

Bordes y fronteras: Pluralidad, plasticidad y permeabilidad


Dates: 20-23 November 2018

Venue: University of Santiago

As the theme for the 2018 CEAD hui, Borders and boundaries is both a symbolic and a material concept for ethnographic scholars. In a world fraught with mistrust, downgrading, and literally dehumanizing of the Other/other, the relationships of groups of people to borders keeping others out, and boundaries keeping our selves within seem no longer to be simply theoretical constructs, but rather have become real-time, politicized precursors and effects of ignorance. This ignorance might be deliberate or it may be structural; it may stem from paranoia, fear, lack of social intercourse: at any rate, the Southern Hemisphere, always aware of a globalized worldscape, is affected by worldviews that call for construction of concretized, fabricated, and real borders and boundaries. These “walls” can be real or imagined; they may be tangible, esoteric, ephemeral, and a combination of those material types; they may be multiple or singular, hurtful and unconscious and deliberate. They may be semi-, quasi-, or non-permeable. They may be borders and/or boundaries that are understood or incomprehensible. They may be based on some sorts of logics—or completely irrational. As borders and boundaries—fashioned by human beings—they are, of course, socially constructed, contextually sited and specific, and able to be, like the plasticity of brains, re-fashioned, deconstructed, and re-made into more or less humane interactions with other humans and species.

The conference theme Borders and boundaries, Plurality, permeability and plasticity, is, of course (as all conference themes are) suggestive: delegates to the CEAD 2018 in Santiago, Chile are invited to explore, play with, tease out, the subtleties, performance spaces, and evocative work that this thematic implies.

We look forward to fascinating and innovative ethnographic work on borders and boundaries – all in the context of Santiago, Chile as a cosmopolitan, historical, colonialist, intellectual community of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars coming together for lively, provocative, safe, and stimulating discussions! We embrace the opportunity to respectfully learn about others in our 21st Century world, during CEAD 2018.

We encourage presentations in English, Spanish, Portuguese and te reo Māori.

Call for papers live 1st November 2017

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Keynote Speakers

Carolyn and Art will be presenting a collaborative keynote. See here for their abstract!

Carolyn Ellis

Carolyn Ellis is distinguished university professor of communication and sociology at the University of South Florida (USF). She has established an international reputation for her contributions to the narrative study of human life.  Having published extensively in qualitative methods, storytelling, emotions, and loss and trauma, she integrates ethnographic, literary, and evocative writing in short stories, research articles, and documentaries to portray and make sense of lived experience in cultural context.  She is best known as an originator and developer of autoethnography, a reflexive approach to research, writing, and storytelling that connects the autobiographical and personal to the cultural, social, and political. Seeking to do research that has the possibility of improving human lives and enhancing social justice, she currently is engaged with Holocaust survivors in collaborative and compassionate interviews guided by a relational ethics of care.

Dr. Ellis has published five monographs, six edited books, and more than 150 articles, chapters, and review essays. She has edited two book series and presented keynote addresses and workshops in sixteen countries. Her most recent book is Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories (with Arthur Bochner). Her numerous national and international lifetime career, scholarly, mentoring and book and article awards include the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award, both from the National Communication Association (NCA); The Legacy Lifetime Award and best book and article awards from NCA’s Ethnography Division; a Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry, The H.L. “Bud” Goodall, Jr. and Nick Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Award in Narrative Ethnography, and a best book award from the International Center for Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois; and numerous research, teaching, and leadership awards from USF.

Arthur P. Bochner

Arthur P. Bochner is Distinguished University Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences (Left Coast Press, 2014) and co-author (with Carolyn Ellis) of Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories (Routledge, 2016). Coming to Narrative received best book awards from both the National Communication Association (NCA) Ethnography Division and the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry.  Evocative Autoethnography received the Buddy Goodall and Nick Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Best book Award for 2016.  Bochner is coauthor of Understanding Family Communication, coeditor, with Carolyn Ellis, of two influential edited volumes on interpretive ethnography—Composing Ethnography and Ethnographically Speaking—and the Writing Lives book series for Routledge.  He has authored over 100 refereed articles and book chapters on personal relationships, personal narrative, qualitative research methods, and philosophy of communication that have published in journals across the human sciences including psychology, social psychology, sociology, and cultural studies.  In 2016, Bochner received the Career Achievement Award from The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry and The Samuel Becker Distinguished Service Award from the National Communication Association.  He has also received career achievement and legacy awards from the ethnography division of NCA and from Ohio University. Bochner served as President of NCA in 2008. His current work focuses on love across the life cycle, memory work, and blended genres of storytelling.


Many submissions to CEAD 2018 will contribute to the key theme ‘Theme: Borders and boundaries: Plurality, permeability and plasticity’ and/or one of four streams for the ethnography conference and hui. This does not preclude delegates submitting papers outside of the key theme—but we do ask that you locate your work within one of the four streams.

Emerging Methods: Traditional, Experimental, Transgressive forms.

Emerging Methods

Praxis and Advocacy: Doing Ethnography on the Ground.

Praxis and Advocacy

Social Justice and Transformation: Theoretical Ethnographic Visions.

Social Justice

Indigenous Voices: Communicating Peoples.

Indigenous Voices