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, and Natalie Pasquinelli

Friday, November 17, 12-1.30 pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Karen Levy in conversation with Angela Ke Li 

Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance*

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 3910 8952

Password: 1234

*Read excerpts here

Karen Levy is Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and Associated Faculty at Cornell Law School. Her research focuses on the social, legal, and ethical dimensions of data-intensive technologies. Levy is a New America Fellow and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Angela Ke Li is Fung Global Fellow in the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. Her research examines digital economies and the mutual construction of technology and society. She is now working on her book manuscript The Promises of Fixing: Ride-Hailing and the Failures of Digital Innovation. Focusing on China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, the book explains how technology entrenched the very problem it claimed to solve and what sustains the mythology of technological solutionism before the unkept promises of fixing. Her work appeared in journals including New Media & Society, Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Communication, Journalism, and among others.