September 21, 2017 – September 22, 2017


Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Piazza Università 1


Nearly a full century after the publication of Argonauts of the Western Pacific, ethnographic fieldwork remains a staple of social and cultural anthropology, despite its retooling through an intense probing of its epistemological framework (for example: post-colonial thought, reflexivity, sensorial ethnography, multispecies ethnography) and sundry adaptations to keep it in step with complex contemporary society (to name just a few: ethnography at home, multisited ethnography, internet ethnography, ethnography of policy).  Above and beyond, this, however, we may ask what it means to be an ethnographer in the brave new world of audit-centered, academic turbo capitalism.  Are third-party funding and evaluation processes dictating the contents and contours of ethnographic research to an excessive degree?  To what extent is it still possible to conduct deep and long-term fieldwork, à la Malinowski, with all of its implications for creating relations with research participants?  The use of ethnography has proliferated and become exceedingly fashionable in a number of disciplines outside of anthropology: but is the work being done still recognizable to anthropologists as ethnography?  That is, is ethnography a victim of its own success, in that the substance of Malinowskian ethnography is being hollowed out?  What, then, remains the sine qua non of ethnography in the Malinowskian legacy?


September 21, 2017
September 21, 2017
09:00 – 09:15


Room D0.03, main campus Bolzano-Bozen
September 21, 2017
09:15 – 09:45
September 21, 2017
10:15 – 10:45

The MFEA research project

Room D0.03, main campus Bolzano-Bozen
September 21, 2017
11:00 – 11:30
September 21, 2017
13:00 – 13:15

Discussion first session

Room D0.03, main campus Bolzano-Bozen
September 21, 2017
13:15 – 14:30
September 22, 2017
September 22, 2017
11:00 – 11:15
September 22, 2017
11:15 – 12:45
September 22, 2017
12:45 – 13:15

Concluding discussion

Room D0.03, main campus Bolzano-Bozen

How to reach us

The main University campus

The main campus of the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Piazza Università 1, is located in the city centre of Bolzano-Bozen. It takes less than ten minutes by walking from the Train Station and from the private parking situated in Piazza Walther.


By plane

It is possible to reach the city of Bolzano-Bozen getting to the airport of Bolzano-Bozen, placed in the southern city. It takes approximately 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus from there to the city centre.

Northern from Bozen it is possible to get to the Innsbruck airport (120 km far), and then reach Bozen by train.

Southern from Bozen, the closest airport is the Verona airport (152 km). From there a shuttle service drives to the Verona Porta Nova Train Station, where many trains to Bozen are available.

By train

It is very easy to reach Bozen by train, from Italy thanks to the Trenitalia, the Italian Railways ; from Germany and Austria by the Deutsche Bahn, the German Railways, and the ÖBB, the Austrian Railways.

By bus

Several bus companies stop at and go from Bolzano-Bozen, such as Südtirol-Alto Adige Bus-Dolomites airport shuttle and FlixBus.

More information

Please find here more information about how to get to Bolzano-Bozen, provided by the South Tyrol-Alto Adige Tourism Office.


There are many hotels, hostels and bed and breakfast to lodge in Bolzano, in both the city centre and the southern city. Please find an accommodation guide in the Tourists board official website.