You can download the Abstract Book.

The Final Conference Programme is out!

The full Conference Programme is now available. A few minor changes may still happen in the following days, but this is to be considered final in its general structure.

We are happy to announce the Pre-Conference Seminar Series. Devoted to book(s) presentations, it is an occasion for meeting before the conference, across thematic sessions, and for discussing ethnographies and ethnographic methods.

We regret that, as most books are in Italian, the seminars will also be in Italian. Our sincere apologies to the conference participants who do not speak Italian.

The preliminary programme (updated May 11) is available.

The organizing committee has continued to monitor the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in Italy and the rest of the world. Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, regretfully it will not be possible to host a physical conference at the University of Trento from 9-12 June 2021. The 8th Ethnography and Research Conference will therefore take place as an online event, in order to allow all delegates to participate safely from home.

The 8th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference is scheduled to take place on 9-12 June 2021 at the University of Trento, Italy. The extension to new submissions (see previous update) closed on 15 January 2021 — we thank all contributors.

The 8th Ethnography and Qualitative Research International Conference, which was supposed to take place on June 2020 and has been postponed due to the Covid-19, will be held on June 9-12, 2021 at the University of Trento.

The scientific programme already established for 2020 will be maintained, but the call for paper is now re-opened for many sessions, and an additional Open Session is now available. 




University of Trento, Italy

June 9-12, 2021

Organized by:

The journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (ERQ)

il Mulino publishing house

The University of Trento


Established in 2006, the Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference has become a recognised scientific meeting for social researchers interested in ethnographic inquiry in Italy and abroad.

Ethnography is increasingly practiced as a crucial research method across a range of social sciences, and beyond. In fact, more than a method, ethnography could be said to entail a whole philosophy of social research and a special sensitivity towards the intersubjective worlds in which people and other creatures live.

The 2020 2021 Edition (8th Edition) consolidates the rich intellectual discussion spurred by previous editions. Researchers from across disciplines and fields including sociology, anthropology, political sciences, arts & humanities, education, social work, geography, cultural studies, science and technology studies, and gender studies, are welcome to present their research and discuss their cutting-edge findings in a lively, informal environment.

The aims of the Conference include:

  • fostering scholarly exchange and facilitate research collaborations among senior and junior scholars based in different universities and research centres in Europe and abroad;

  • supporting the dissemination of fresh, original, and timely research;

  • encouraging PhD students at different stages of their research career to share and present preliminary findings and fieldwork experience;

  • welcoming graduate and undergraduate students as audience to the conference and active participants in the discussion.

The Conference embraces and endorses a broad, ambitious view of ethnographic research. Contributions can be based on a variety of methods, including participant observation, in-depth interviews, focus groups, video-based field studies, auto-ethnography, visual ethnography, discourse studies, and other forms of inquiry inspired and informed by an ethnographic sensibility.

Empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically sound proposals that contribute to the substantive knowledge of the social world and contemporary emerging phenomena are particularly valued.

The Conference format is based on 3-hour sessions, with 5 to 6 paper presentations per session, leaving as much room as possible for debate and discussion.

“This is not a conference, it’s a feast!”, once said a participant. Join us in celebrating a shared ethnographic passion!


About the 2020 2021 totemic person. Who is the person pictured in the banner above? For each Conference edition, we have selected an Italian intellectual who, while not being an ethnographer stricto sensu, has revealed a prominent ethnographic sensitivity in his/her work. By doing so, we want to both emphasise the many sources of ethnography and invite scholars to re-consider the work of certain Italian writers and artists whose attitude can be still quite inspirational nowadays. In 2014, we featured Antonio Gramsci, in 2016 Pier Paolo Pasolini, in 2018 Tina Modotti. For the 2020 2021 edition, we have chosen Goliarda Sapienza (see also here).



Chiara Bassetti, University of Trento (chiara.bassetti@unitn.it)

Elena Bougleux, University of Bergamo (elena.bougleux@unibg.it)

Andrea Mubi Brighenti, University of Trento (andrea.brighenti@unitn.it)

Sebastiano Citroni, University of Insubria, (sebastiano.citroni@uninsubria.it)

Nick Dines, European University Institute  (nicholas.dines@eui.eu)

Alessandro Dal Lago, University of Genova (dallagoal@gmail.com)

Giolo Fele, University of Trento (giolo.fele@unitn.it)

Elena Fontanari, University of Milano (elena.fontanari@unimi.it)

Paola Gandolfi, University of Bergamo (paola.gandolfi@unibg.it)

Pier Paolo Giglioli, University of Bologna (ppgiglioli@gmail.com)

Alberta Giorgi, University of Bergamo (alberta.giorgi@unibg.it)

Alessandra Gribaldo, University of Roma Tre (alessandra.gribaldo@uniroma3.it)

Marco Marzano, University of Bergamo (marco.marzano@unibg.it)

Cristina Mattiucci, University of Naples “Federico II” (cristina.mattiucci@unina.it)

Gianmarco Navarini, University of Milano Bicocca (gianmarco.navarini@unimib.it)

Francesca Pasquali, University of Bergamo (francesca.pasquali@unibg.it)

Domenico Perrotta, University of Bergamo (domenico.perrotta@unibg.it)

Federico Rahola, University of Genova (federico.rahola@unige.it)



Chiara Bassetti, University of Trento (chiara.bassetti@unitn.it)

Andrea Mubi Brighenti, University of Trento (andrea.brighenti@unitn.it)

Giolo Fele, University of Trento (giolo.fele@unitn.it)

Francesca Fiore, University of Trento (francesca.fiore@unitn.it)

Cristina Mattiucci, University of Naples “Federico II” (cristina.mattiucci@unina.it)

Domenico Perrotta, University of Bergamo (domenico.perrotta@unibg.it)



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