Bereich Max-Weber-Kolleg

“Ethnography” covers and combines two areas of activity, fieldwork and writing, i.e. experiencing (living with) others and representing this experience and the life-worlds and worldviews of others. The course will follow up the main stages of the development of the praxis and idea of ethnography – the establishment of the classical consensus, the hermeneutic turn and the reflexive turn. It will discuss the main dimensions of doing ethnography, and it will address the epistemological, political and ethical implications of the ethnographic enterprise. It will discuss these aspects with respect to the imbalances characterizing the relationships between people of different cultural background and try to establish an understanding of ethnography as mode of social interaction.