Ethnographic Café

The Ethnographic Café is a place for ethnographers to meet across disciplines, generations, and countries. We gather to talk about all things ethnographic, from history, design, and method to analysis, writing and dissemination. 

We meet monthly on Zoom to discuss a recently published ethnography with its author (see our schedule of events). We also convene periodically for special thematic sessions around a salient topic in the practice of ethnography.

We continue the online conversation through short photographic essays picturing the field, video interviews of ethnographers sharing the nitty-gritty of their fieldwork, reading recommendations contributed by the community, and through a directory that will help ethnographers with shared interests to find each other.

We aim to stimulate and support the work of a new generation of ethnographers, especially doctoral students, postdocs, and junior faculty, and we hope you will join us in this endeavor.

The Ethnographic Café Organizing Team: 

Ashley Mears, Ekedi Mpondo-Dika, Loïc Wacquant, Dilan Eren, and Elif Birced

Meeting ID:

 977 8649 9870

Passcode: 1234

Friday, September 29, 12-1.30 pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Kelly Underman

in conversation with stef shuster

Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training*

*Read the chapters here

Kelly Underman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Drexel University with an affiliation in the Center for Science, Technology, and Science. She is a qualitative researcher whose interests include medical education, the social construction of bodies and emotions, and the politics of scientific knowledge production. Dr. Underman is the author of Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training (NYU Press, 2020). Her work has also been published in Social Science & Medicine, Gender & Society and Sociological Forum. Her awards include the Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association Medical Sociology Section. She is a founding member of the Sociology of Health Professions Education Research Collaborative, a collective of interdisciplinary and applied scholars.

stef shuster is an Associate Professor in Lyman Briggs College and Sociology at Michigan State University. Their current research in gender, medicine, and feminist science and technology studies considers how evidence is constructed, mobilized, and weaponized. This is the subject of

their award-winning book, Trans Medicine (2021, NYU Press). In Trans Medicine, shuster traces the development of this medical field from the 1950s to modern medicine to show how providers create and use scientific and medical evidence to quell uncertainty, “treat” a gender identity, and uphold their authority.