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TitelObserving Beginnings: Mediating Arrivals in Ethnographic Writing
BeschreibungACLA Annual Conference
April 24-27, 2008 in Long Beach, CA
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Seminar title:
Observing Beginnings: Mediating Arrivals in Ethnographic Writing

Seminar organizers:
Kelly Barry (Columbia University)
Christiane Frey (University of Chicago)

Seminar description:

This panel aims to examine the representation of – and the problematic of representing –arrivals and beginnings in ethnographic discourse. In what sense is the traveler-ethnographer already beyond the experience of arrival at the point of physical arrival? What factors complicate the clear delimitation of when cultural contact/observation begins? To what extent are the experiences of arrival and commencement inherent gaps in the practice of otherwise “thick description” that characterizes ethnographic writing? What specific narrative strategies are employed to efface these experiences in ethnographic texts, field reports, and (more broadly) forms of travel writing? This discursive and representational problematic might be approached through an examination of its governing tropes, its rhetorical and epistemological dimensions, and/or its connection to the models of observation imagined (and practiced) in the traditions of ethnographic and travel writing. We hope to assemble papers with a wide range of historical and cultural foci from the fields of literary studies, cultural studies, history, and anthropology.

Paper abstracts are due by September 27, 2007. Please send abstracts (one page maximum) to the seminar organizers via e-mail at: and/or

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortLong Beach
PersonName: Frey, Christiane 
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft)
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte
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