AAA Workshop in Toronto

Collaborative Event Ethnography at Climate Conferences

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Sign up for a workshop at the AAA in Toronto! It is happening Thursday Nov 16!!

The purpose of the workshop is to create a network of anthropologists who are interested in collaborating and conducting ethnographic research at climate-related events, with particular focus on meetings hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The objectives are to (1) connect anthropologists who are already (or are interested in) working within UNFCCC spaces to create new collaborations and networks; (2) Discuss methodologies for conducting ethnography in these spaces, focusing on Collaborative Event Ethnography; (3) Share information regarding the logistics of working in the UNFCCC space.

The intended audience is for all practicing anthropologists at any stage in their careers. The topic of AAA involvement in the UNFCCC is inspired by the AAA Climate Change Task Force, acknowledging the important role of anthropologists in studying climate governance, processes, and their grounded impacts, as well as the ability to inform policy decisions across scales. Supplemental materials will be created during the workshop and shared afterwards – including best methods for collaborative/event ethnography, how to navigate research within UNFCCC spaces, tips and helpful links to/about UNFCCC, and contact information of attendees. The workshop incorporates active learning by including brief reports by anthropologists who have attended UNFCCC meetings followed by a Q&A, small group discussions, and strategies for interdisciplinary research and collaborations at UNFCCC events.