PhD students Rommy Anabalon Schaaf and Javiera Sandoval awarded a Researcher-led Initiative Award for their “Ethnographic Writing Lab”

About the researcher-led initiative 
Now in its third year, the Researcher-led Initiative awards offer funding for early stage research and teaching staff and postgraduate research students.  

About the project. The name of the project is “(auto)ethnographic writing lab”, principal investigator Rommy Anabalon Schaaf (Alfonso Del Percio and John O’Regan, supervisors) and co-investigator Javiera Sandoval (Sue Walters, supervisor) were awarded £1,000. The proposal aims to establish an (auto)ethnographic writing lab to inspire and work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment. By bringing together doctoral students from across UCL, the lab seeks to think, generate, cultivate alternative forms of doing research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which allow us to collect, understand and talk about data and theories of the stories we produce to (re)imagine the world we inhabit. 
Specifically, the lab will be divided into a 3-day workshop and four monthly meetings to share our work and experiences during 2020.
For the three-day workshop we will invite academics and students from Anthropology, Education, Sociolinguistics, Arts and related fields to trace and discuss the historic, political and social conditions under which our work as researchers is produced. We will also discuss the writing regimes which constraints our work and possible strategies to “go beyond” them. Finally, we will revise different texts and objects that have been produced to expand the boundaries of (auto)ethnographic research and which may become source of inspiration for our work as scholars. 
During the monthly meetings we will discuss each other’s work, reflect on our practices as (auto)ethnographers and hopefully, increase further academic collaboration. 

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