Ethnography is a technique that anthropologists use to understand how a social group or community thinks, feels and sees the world.
Ethnographers do participant-observation, spending a lot of time in the social environment that they are studying. As a result ethnography is really good at capturing nuances and understanding how and why communities behave the way they do.
With this course we want to move away from the idea of ethnography as a lone practice. We want to explore a new way of research, open and collective, that we call Collective Ethnography.
Open Ethnographer is one of the most important tools that we use for doing this and we believe that it enables a powerful and scalable way to allow online collaboration and find deeper discoveries in data analysis.
Amelia Hassoun is an anthropologist at the University of Oxford and a Collective Ethnography ambassador. She will lead you trough the theory and practice of this discipline, with plenty of demos using Open Ethnographer itself.
Look over the curriculum, and for any information about the course or webinar, please write to [email protected]
Amelia Hassoun is a PhD student at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research analyses the design, development, and usage of sensor technologies embedded in Singapore’s urban landscape as part of its Smart Nation project, as well as the social life of the data they produce. Her current focus is on smart home technologies. Her research interests include smart cities, digital and medical anthropology, RFID and sensor networks, healthcare technologies, and the social effects of technological change more broadly.
Amelia holds an MSc in Digital Anthropology from University College London as well as a BA in Anthropology from Yale University. Her Master’s research at UCL examined the life cycles of patient data and software systems in the NHS, and her senior thesis at Yale on communication technologies in hospice care emerged from collaboration with UCL’s Why We Post Project. Prior to her doctoral studies, Amelia worked as a patient website developer in London, as well as a senior researcher at Edgeryders on its Open Care project.