Ethnolab was initiated in order to create an interdisciplinary workshop for ethnographic fieldwork, writing and collaborative research.
Feb 29, 2016
The Social and Cultural Anthropology team of the research group The Researchers’ Affects and KUNCI Cultural Studies Center Yogyakarta, Indonesiainitiated the Ethnolab in late 2014, in order to create an interdisciplinary workshop for ethnographic fieldwork, writing and collaborative research. The idea behind Ethnolab is to provide a space for young researchers and activists in order to learn ethnographic methodology through trying out, experimenting and jointly reflecting on the research process. In February 2016 the Ethnolab blog has gone online. It features six field studies that were conducted in January and February 2015. These took place in Yogyakarta and were conducted by The Researchers’ Affects-Research fellows Fermin Suter, Mira Shah and Julia Keil as well as by the two photography students Fajar Riyanto and Gatari Surya Kusuma and by Anthropology graduate Bagoes Anggoro Moekti from Yogyakarta. During almost four weeks the participants conducted fieldwork on a topic of their interest, while they had the opportunity to reflect their research practice with key informants, and were supervised by the Ethnolab initiators who facilitated the workshops. The blog is edited by Thomas Stodulka, Ferdiansyah Thajib, and Samia Dinkelaker, who provide insights into the Ethnolab’s affectivity, history and activities.
We hope that the Ethnolab 2015-2016 was not singular project. We plan to continue in 2017, when KUNCI is going to host the next workshop for ethnographic practice and reflection.