Call for Graduate Student Submissions for the 2019 University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator

We are pleased to announce the third annual meeting of the University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator, which will take place on March 14th and 15th in 2019. Each year, the incubator – run by Kimberly Hoang, Kristen Schilt, and Robert Vargas – invites four faculty fellows and six graduate student fellows to the University of Chicago to participate in a two-day convening and workshop series. The Incubator is designed to advance ethnographic methodologies, provide hands-on mentorship to graduate student fellows, and build an interdisciplinary community of ethnographers. We invite applications from graduate students in any discipline who are engaged in dissertation-level ethnographic research.

The 2019 Faculty Fellows are: Claudio Benzecry (Northwestern/School of Communications), Sarah Brayne (UT-Austin/Sociology), Armando Lara-Millán (UC Berkeley/Sociology), & Rhacel Parreñas (USC/Sociology and Gender Studies).

The first day of the 2019 event (Thursday, March 14th) will feature a panel discussion with the faculty fellows regarding current methodological, substantive, and ethical issues presently confronting ethnographic research. The panel will be followed by a dinner reception open to all guests and audience members. The second day of the event (Friday, March 15th) will consist of a series of “fellows workshops” in which faculty fellows and organizers engage the work of the six graduate fellows. Each student will have two faculty members provide feedback on their work. The day will conclude with a dinner for faculty and graduate fellows. Selected graduate fellows are expected to attend all events.

Airfare, lodging, and select meals will be provided for all graduate student fellows.

To become a 2019 graduate student fellow, send the following materials to by December 15th, 2018:

1. A current CV (5 pages maximum)

2. A 500 word (maximum) abstract of your dissertation project

3. A ten page double-spaced (maximum) writing sample from an ethnographic work in progress (e.g. a dissertation chapter or article from dissertation research). Writing samples should ideally focus on showcasing data and theoretical framework/intervention rather than provide a literature review or detailed methods section.

Applicants will be notified by January 15th, 2019. Please direct questions about the Ethnography Incubator or application process to