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Violence against Black people is far from confined to the U.S. Neither are the social movements currently protesting anti-Black violence. The goal of this event and video series is to broaden our awareness and understanding of these movements in different areas of the world. This quarter we are hosting two live online events and producing two pre-recorded videos to build conversations around the Black Lives Matter movement in the Bay Area, Australia, and Italy. Our aim is to think collectively about how ethnographers can study #BLM abroad and in the United States by reflecting both on their methods of protest and the ethnographic methods employed to study them.


In a series of pre-recorded videos, available here for viewing, Sharika Thiranagama (Anthropology) and Sylvia Yanagisako (Anthropology) speak with experienced ethnographers on how they have used digital and analog methods for remote ethnographic research. The conversations reflect on how these methods have shaped each practitioner’s research questions and findings. All conversations conclude with practical advice for graduate students adapting their projects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.