Chicago Ethnography Conference: Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump Era

deadline for submissions: 
January 5, 2020
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22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference
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DePaul University’s Department of Sociology Presents The…22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference:Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump EraA Graduate Student ConferenceSaturday April 25, 2020

We are now accepting paper submissions (with optional photo attachments) for the annual conference. Send your submissions and final papers to by January 5, 2020.


This is an annual graduate student conference hosted by one of several Chicago-area Sociology departments, including DePaul University, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. It provides a venue through which graduate students can share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area.

Next year’s conference will be hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, IL on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Conference site: DePaul Center @ DePaul University, 8th Floor Conference Center. 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60605.

Students in all academic disciplines are invited to present their original ethnographic research. We take a broad view of ethnographic research. Papers can be based on a variety of ethnographic methods, including but not limited to: field observation, in-depth interviews, focus group interviews, autoethnography, visual ethnography, participant observation, and other forms of qualitative research. Papers in all substantive areas are welcome. In the past, presentation topics have included culture, class, crime, education, ethnicity, gender, family, globalization, health and illness, immigration, medicine, methodology, performance ethnography, race, religion, sexualities, social movements, technology, urban poverty, and work and employment.

In addition to your paper submission, you may choose to enter photos from your ethnographic research for our Photo Contest, where select photos will be displayed the day of the conference. In order to submit photos, you must also submit a paper. Submitting photos is entirely optional.

The theme of this year’s conference is Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump Era. 

Please direct all general inquiries to:

This year’s 22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference is organized by DePaul University. Should you need to contact the organizers, forward specific inquiries and questions to:

Graduate Student Organizer: Jenna L. O’Connor:

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Black Hawk Hancock:


For additional information, please go to the official conference website: