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Doing Ethnography Remotely

What is remote ethnography?

In this video series, the Center's Co-directors Sharika Thiranagama (Anthropology) and Sylvia Yanagisako (Anthropology) interview six ethnographers who have conducted research remotely. The conversations explore a wide range of digital and analog tools, techniques, and methods for use across the disciplines. They focus on past projects and the impact of remote methods on ethnographic research. Each concludes with advice to students who are planning ethnographic research projects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These interviews were conducted in May 2020 and have been edited for clarity and length.

Q&A Session

Yarimar Bonilla

Irus Braverman

Christine Hine

Heather Horst

John L. Jackson, Jr.

Sarah Pink

Reading List


Below is a list of  works referenced in the interviews, as well as select texts by the authors, related to remote ethnography.
Boellstorff, T., Nardi, B., Pearce, C., & Taylor, T. L. (2013). Ethnography and Virtual World: A Handbook of Method. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. LINK.
Bonilla, Y., & Rosa, J. (2015). "#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States." American Ethnologist, 42(1), 4–17. LINK.
Braverman, I. (2018). Coral whisperers: Scientists on the brink. Oakland, California: University of California Press. LINK
---. (2017). "Captive: Zoometric Operations in Gaza." Public Culture, 29(1 81), 191–215. LINK.
---. "Renouncing Citizenship as Protest: Reflections by a Jewish Israeli Ethnographer." Critical Inquiry, 44(2), 379–386. LINK.
Hine, C. (2015). Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, embodied and everyday.  New York: Bloomsbury Academic. LINK.
Jackson, John L. “An Ethnographic Filmflam: Giving Gifts, Doing Research, and Videotaping the Native Subject/Object.” American Anthropologist 106, no. 1 (2004): 32–42. LINK.
Keeling, Kara. “Passing for Human: Bamboozled and Digital Humanism.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 15, no. 1 (January 1, 2005): 237–50. LINK.
Pink, S., Horst, H. A., Postill, J., Hjorth, L., Lewis, T., Tacchi, J. (2016). Digital ethnography: Principles and practice. Sage. LINK
Rufas, A., & Hine, C. (2018). "Everyday connections between online and offline: Imagining others and constructing community through local online initiatives." New Media & Society, 20(10), 3879–3897. LINK.

Sanjek, R., & Tratner, S. W. (Eds.). (2016). eFieldnotes: The makings of anthropology in the digital worldPhiladelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. LINK.