Whakatauki for CEAD Hui

Kotahi te kōhao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro mā te miro, te miro pango, me te miro whero

There is but one eye of the needle through which the white thread, the black thread and the red thread traverse

Source: Potatau Te Wherowhero


2016 Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

The fourth international Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) 2016: Ethnographic Imaginings: Place, Space, and Time will take place between 15-18 November 2016. Sponsored by the Association for Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines, the hui will move from the beautiful campus of the University of Waikato in Hamilton in Aotearoa New Zealand to Cape Town, South Africa. The conference will take place in the stunning surrounds of University of Cape Town (UCT) campus. Sessions are housed in the newly opened Centre for African Studies (CAS) Gallery and the Snape Building. Four keynote speakers are confirmed; César A. Cisneros Puebla, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa; Keyan G. Tomaselli, University of Kwazulu-Natal;Jean Clandinin, University of Alberta; and Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

The move to the African continent—and then to South America (Santiago, Chile) in 2018—mark a significant turn towards truly internationalizing the Association and the hui itself. The CEAD itself can provide a touchstone for its delegates, a biannual oasis for intellectual and spiritual replenishment and renewal. Every year seems to get better with this group, and 2014 was no exception. Our keynotes earned standing ovations, and the ACEAD was incorporated as an Aotearoa/NZ Association. The official name is "The International Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Association Incorporated," and all who have been delegates of this hui (2010, 2012, 2014) are de facto members. So, to keep it straight: ACEAD—Association of CEAD (established in 2014); CEAD—conference/hui.

Expand your worldview with CEAD! With us, see the Southern Hemisphere: in 2016, Cape Town, South Africa; in 2018, Santiago, Chile! Make plans now for our prestigious ethnographic conference, with fabulous cutting edge researchers and practitioners delivering intriguing keynotes; intensive pre-conference workshops with world-renowned qualitative researchers; Special Interest groups; and the chance to replenish your researcher's spirit. The CEAD welcomes all forms of engagement in ethnographic disciplinary practice, and aims to stimulate rich intellectual discourse. In the ACEAD Constitution, in fact, this goal is made explicit:

  • CEAD recognizes that contemporary ethnography has wide-ranging, shifting interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary manifestations and that those who populate such ethnographic endeavours need forums to disseminate their knowledge, collaborate, and garner encouragement and critique from others. (2014, p. 1)

As a Southern Hemisphere conference, CEAD offers a richness of perspective that is slightly counter to the dominant, hegemonic worldview of many ethnographic pieces; for example, informed by a Kaupapa Māori wordview of “research,” discussions of participant/researcher “ethics” take on a decidedly-richer, more nuanced, view. Broadening our scope to the continent of Africa, we hope that African qualitative researchers will draw upon African indigenous forms of knowledge to enliven, enrich, and inform current dominant, experimental, and emerging forms of the ethnographic project. As always, we expect that researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines of law, anthropology, arts & letters, education, geography, health, management, business, psychology, sociology, cultural, Kaupapa Māori, African Studies, and ethnic and gender studies—and any other discipline where ethnography advances scholarship and public understanding of the way groups and individuals interact and live their lives into being—will seek to share in the rich diversity that this biannual conference and hui provides.

The major theme for the hui in 2016 is Ethnographic Imaginings: Place, Space, and Time and there are four major content streams for exploration (read more about each one here). All abstracts are peer-reviewed, and submitters will be notified of acceptance status in a timely manner. Submit your abstract today.

  1. Emerging Methods: Traditional, Experimental and Transgressive Forms
  2. Praxis and Advocacy: Doing Ethnography on the Ground
  3. Social Justice and Transformation: Theoretical Ethnographic Visions
  4. Indigenous Voices: Communicating Peoples

CEAD 2016 doctoral student essay award

The Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) Hui is pleased to announce the competition for the Doctoral Student Essay Award. The conference theme for 2016 is Ethnographic Imaginings: Place, Space, and Time. Winners will be those whose work best exemplifies the spirit of discovery, the conference theme, and creative practice within ethnographic work. 

Essays should address one (or more) of the themes (see www.cead.org.nz for more details). 

The winner will receive USD$150, a copy of Global South Ethnographies: Minding the Senses, and peer-review of the essay for possible publication in an edited book coming out of the conference. Second prize will be US$125 and third prize will be USD$100.  Awards will be presented at the 2016 conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Winners will present their work in a showcase spotlight panel at the 2016 conference. All authors will receive feedback from the Judging Panel and are encouraged to attend and present at this exciting conference. 

Key Dates 

Submission Date: Friday 15 July 2016. Submit by email to d.c.sturm@leedsbeckett.ac.uk under heading CEAD Doctoral Student Essay Award. 

Winners Announced Friday 16 September 2016 on website (www.cead.org.nz) and via email. 

Feedback 21 October 2016 for all submissions that meet the format criteria. 

Requirements Status of Essay

Essay must be unpublished and not currently under review by a journal or other academic publisher. 

Manuscript format: No more than 5,000 words (plus notes and references), single spaced, 12 point font, using a consistent and recognised referencing style, paginated and with a running head, and carefully proofed. All essays should be submitted in word format (not PDF). Essays that do not meet the format criteria will not be judged and no feedback will be given. Do not include author name on the manuscript.Cover page: Include a cover page with title of the paper, author’s full contact information, institutional affiliation, degree programme and the name and contact information for the chief supervisor/advisor. 

Evaluation criteria

Rationale and conceptual framing, relevance of topic/analysis, organisation, style and clarity of writing, quality of discussion and interpretation. Essays that highlight an innovative or fresh approach to any of the conference themes are encouraged.


Students must be currently enrolled for a doctoral degree at a recognised institution OR have either submitted or been conferred on or after 1 January 2016.

All other CEAD inquiries to conference oganiser:

Amy Fitzgerald, Flow Events Ltd
P: +64 27 490 4624

Latest News

Programme for CEAD 2016 is now live!

Online registration is open. International and South African rates apply.

A fourth and final keynote speaker announced for CEAD 2016. We welcome Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, a medical anthropologist who is interested in issues relating to gender and the politics of reproduction. Nolwazi is currently based at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she teaches courses in the anthropology of medicine and the body, medical anthropology, and ethnographic writing and analysis. Her keynote presentation addresses the theme Social Justice and Transformation: Theoretical Ethnographic Visions and is titled “ Why does ethnography matter?”

Listen to the fantastic keynote presentations from the 2014 hui from our new archives page.

CEAD is pleased to announce the finalists in the Doctoral Student Essay Award competition. These finalists have been chosen as their work best exemplifies the spirit of discovery, the conference theme, and creative practice within ethnographic work. Ranking announced in November. Finalists are Tracey Feltham-King, Risk and Responsibility: The management of the teenaged pregnant woman within the antenatal healthcare nexus and Yosuke Washiya, University of Toronto, Canada, Thin Description - Ontological provocation of ethnographic film. Catch these presentations as part of the SPOTLIGHT sessions.

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