Ethnographies of Parliament
Utrecht University, Netherlands.
Dr Alexandra Kelso (University of Southampton)
Professor Rod Rhodes (University of Southampton and Utrech University)
Ethnography offers remarkably rich opportunities to explore parliaments in terms of the norms, beliefs and practices of those who operate inside them, and to advance our understanding of these institutions and how they are understood, navigated and utilised by political actors. Ethnographic approaches have recently attracted attention from political scholars, such as Rod Rhodes’ (2011) Everyday Life in British Government, while Emma Crewe’s anthropological analyses of the UK parliament (Lords of Parliament (2005); The House of Commons (2015)) demonstrated the value of ethnographic parliamentary research. Such approaches are particularly valuable in advancing interpretive research agendas.
Call for Papers
This two-day workshop will bring together scholars who are analysing parliaments from an ethnographic and interpretive perspective, in order to share our research projects and insights, and identify areas of common collaboration and potential research partnerships. We invite proposals for papers which:
- Employ ethnographic approaches, based on researcher participation and observation ‘in the field’. This fieldwork is normally complimented by a potentially diverse range of methods and data sources, such as interviews, documentary analysis, diary analysis, conversation and discourse analysis, etc.
- Have parliaments and legislatures as their analytical focus. We are eager to include a diverse range of parliamentary institutions, at both national and sub-national level. We seek an international blend of papers, including the UK, Europe and Commonwealth nations.
- Seek to produce broadly interpretive analyses of parliaments and legislatures, and demonstrate how we can advance our understanding of these institutions by broadening the methodological toolkit which we use.
Workshop Venue and Costs
The workshop will be held at the Utrecht School of Governance (USG) in one of the most attractive towns in the Netherlands. Travel is easy via Schiphol, with a short train ride to Utrecht (the train station is inside the airport).
The following costs of participation in the workshop will be covered:
- travel costs (standard class rail fare; economy class return air travel)
- two nights hotel accommodation including meals
Workshop Publication and Outputs
The workshop directors will secure either and edited book collection or a journal special issue as a workshop output, and have begun discussions with relevant publishers/editors.
February 2016 Call for workshop papers opens
31 May 2016 Call for workshop papers closes
20 June 2016 Accepted proposals confirmed
August 2017 Deadline for submission of papers
September 2017 Workshop convenes
31 December 2017 Deadline for submission of revised papers for edited collection
Paper proposals of no more than 300 words are invited, and please also include your contact details, institutional affiliation, etc.
Proposals should be sent by email to Dr Alexandra Kelso at email@example.com no later than 31 May 2016.