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Side events

SOCIAL DINNER – Thursday 7th, 20.30

Bufet dinner within the splendid setting of the Restaurant La Marianna (Largo Colle Aperto, 4 – Bergamo).

You can see if there are stll available places at the registraton desk (dinner fee: 28 euro).


On Friday evening, in the Room 1P there will be the presentaton of the militant research conducted in the afermath of the earthquake in Central Italy and the Photo Exhibiton “Geographies of Uncertainty”, realized by Emidio di Treviri.

With: Ferdinando Amato (Emidio di Treviri), Alexandra D’Angelo (Emidio di Treviri), Davide Olori (Emidio di Treviri)
Chair: Pietro Saita (University of Messina)
Discussant: Nick Dines (European University Insttute, Florence)


7-8 June – Pignolo Building, University of Bergamo

“Geography of uncertainty” is part of Emidio di Treviri’s project, which represents an experience of collectve research carried out by social scientsts, anthropologists, architects, psychologists, urban planners, engineers, photographers and videomakers, commited to building a critcal social study on the processes that have been in place since the earthquakes occurred in the Central Apennines in 2016 and 2017.

MEET THE BOARD – Saturday 9th, 15.00

ERQ Directors and Editorial Board members are available on Saturday, 3-4,30 pm to answer questons and ofer suggestons about submitng and publishing artcles, review essays and other kinds of contributons to Etnografa e Ricerca Qualitatva.

The meetng will be held at La Vendemmia Restaurant (Via della Fara, 17 – Bergamo: n. 4 on the general map).

If you like, you can also join the board at lunch (from around 1:30 pm).

QIGONG FREE SESSION – Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8.30/ 9.00

with Mark Langweiler, meeting point: Parco Sant’Agostino, in front of the Conference Venue.
30 minutes of Qigong Movement: basic exercises that come from the Wu Family Qigong Sets and possibly some standing meditation.

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Contributors must register by April 30, 2018 (NEW DEADLINE) at the latest to be included in the Conference Programme


Standard fee (full time employed scholars): € 105 by April 16 (NEW DEADLINE), 2018; € 165 after April 16, 2018.

Reduced fee (PhD, unemployed/part-time scholars): € 75 by April 16 (NEW DEADLINE) 2018; € 105 after April 16, 2018.

The fee includes:

  • access to all conference sessions;
  • yearly subscription to the journal Etnografia e Ricerca qualitativa (publishing articles in Italian, English and French);
  • buffet lunch on June 8, 2018 and coffee breaks;
  • certificate of attendance to the conference;
  • access to the pre-conference workshop if you apply and are then selected.

With an additional fee of € 20, it is possible to obtain a two-year subscription to the journal.

Optional additional fee for the Social Dinner: € 28



Yearly subs.

Two-year subs.

Yearly subs.

Two-year subs.

Early bird registration

€ 105

€ 125

€ 75

€ 95

Late registration

€ 165

€ 185

€ 115

€ 125



Online registrations for participants are colsed.

It is possible to attend the conference as auditors, paying the fee and writing to

Wire transfer to the following bank account: Banca Popolare di Milano, IBAN: IT50A05584 02409 000000011429, Swift BIC: BPMIITMMXXX, account holder: Società editrice il Mulino, payment reference: Registration to Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference 2018



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Where to eat

Restaurants & Co.

Al Donizetti, via Gombito, 17   tel. 035/242661
Agnello d’oro, via Gombito, 22   tel. 035/249883
Ciccio Passami l’Olio, via Sant’Alessandro, 24   tel. 035/226813
Colleoni & dell’Angelo, Piazza Vecchia   tel. 035/232596
Del Gourmet, via San Vigilio   tel. 035/256110
Il Sole, via B. Colleoni, 1   tel. 035/218238
La Marianna, Largo Colle Aperto   tel. 035/237027
Ol Giopi e La Margì, via Borgo Palazzo, 27   tel. 035/249550
Ristorante/Pizzeria Arlecchino, Piazza S. Anna,1h tel. 035/210303
Ristorante/Pizzeria 900, via dello Statuto, 23 tel. 035/255210
Ristorante/Pizzeria S. Vigilio, via San Vigilio   tel. 035/253188
Ristorante Pizzeria da Franco, via Colleoni, 8, tel. 035/238565
Il Circolino, via Sant’Agata 19, tel. 035/218568
Ristorante Marienplatz Hostaria, via Pignolo, 37   tel. 035/238964
Trattoria D’ Ambrosio Giuliana, via Broseta, 58   tel. 035/402926
Trattoria Sant’Ambroeus, Piazza Vecchia   tel. 035/220545
Osteria di via Solata, via Solata   tel. 035/271993
L’Osteria del vino buono, Piazza Mercato delle scarpe, tel 035/247993
Il Pianone, via Castagneta, tel. 035/216016
Trattoria da Ornella, Via Gombito, tel. 035/232736
Ristorante Pizzeria da Mimmo, via Colleoni, tel. 035/218535
Lounge Bar, Take away Città alta, Bergamo.
Caffè del Tasso, Piazza Vecchia, tel. 035/237966
Ai Giardini (Aperitivi & Drink), , P.zale della Repubblica, 2 b
Bar S. Vigilio, via Castello di S. Vigilio   tel. 035/253191
Bar Le Iris, viale Vittorio Emanuele II, 12   tel. 035/217037
Blue Bar (Tavola calda), via Stezzano
Birreria del Pozzo Bianco, via Porta Dipinta, 30   tel. 035/247694
Pub Papageno, via B. Colleoni, 1b   tel. 035/236624
Tsunami (Sushi bar, ristorante giapponese) organizza colazioni, via Statuto, 19 A
Vineria Cozzi, via B. Colleoni, 22   tel. 035/238836

How to get there

Conference Venues: (Piazzale Sant’Agostino, 2  &  Via Pignolo, 123)

From Orio al Serio International Airport

Bus ATB no. 1 to Città Alta (Upper Town) – Bus stop: Porta Sant’Agostino.

(The bus ticket from the Airport costs 2,10€ per trip; the journey will take half an hour; buses run every 15 minutes.)

From Bergamo Railway Station

Bus ATB no. 1 to Città Alta (Upper Town) – Bus stop: Porta Sant’Agostino

(The bus ticket from the Railway Station costs 1,25€ per trip; the ticket is valid for 75 minutes; the journey will take around 15 minutes; buses run every 15 minutes.)

From the highway

Exit the highway A4. Follow signs for BERGAMO CENTRO, via Autostrada.
Take: via San Giorgio. Procede to: via Pietro Paleocapa.
Continue toward: viale Papa Giovanni XXIII. Arrival at: Largo Porta Nuova.         Procede along: viale Roma. Then take: viale Vittorio Emanuele II.  Arrival at: Porta Sant’Agostino.

You reach: Piazzale Sant’Agostino, 2 (main Conference Venue).

For information:



Bergamo (Italy) – June 6-9, 2018


Organized by:

University of Bergamo

Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (ERQ) / Ethnography and Qualitative Research

il Mulino

Since 2006, the Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference in Bergamo has become an increasingly recognised and established scientific meeting for social researchers. The Conference is organised bi-annually, and has grown positively both in terms of numbers (with the 2016 edition gathering almost 300 scholars) and in terms of its international impact (with nearly half the participants coming from outside Italy).

The 2018 Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference aims to build on the rich intellectual discussion developed during the previous editions. Researchers from across a variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political sciences, arts & humanities, education, social work, geography, cultural studies, science and technology studies, and gender studies are able to present their research, discuss findings, theory and methodology in a lively and friendly environment.

The core mission of the conference is to:

    •    foster scholarly exchange and facilitate research collaborations among senior and junior scholars based in different universities and research centres in Europe and further afield;

    •    support the dissemination of fresh, original research;

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

    •    welcome graduate and undergraduate students as members of the audience and active participants in conference discussions.

The conference embraces and endorses a broad, ambitious view of ethnographic research. Ethnography is understood as an inquiry into the processes, implications, and meanings of social life and culture in groups, organizations, and institutions across diverse social spaces and settings. Accordingly, 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. The Conference welcomes empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically sound proposals that contribute to the substantive knowledge of the social world and contemporary emerging phenomena.

The 7th edition features keynote talks and thematic sessions (see the full list below) addressing current key issues such as migration in its various aspect and the neoliberal turn in academic life and higher education. The 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!”, said a participant during the 6th edition.

Join us in celebrating the ethnographic passion!

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About the 2018 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. For the 2018 edition, we have chosen Tina Modotti.

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Scientific & Organizing Committee

Chiara Bassetti, University of Trento (

Elena Bougleux, University of Bergamo (

Andrea Mubi Brighenti, University of Trento (

Sebastiano Citroni, University of Milano Bicocca (

Nick Dines, European University Institute (

Giolo Fele, University of Trento (

Elena Fontanari, University of Milano (

Paola Gandolfi, University of Bergamo (

Pier Paolo Giglioli, University of Bologna (

Alberta Giorgi, University of Bergamo (

Alessandra Gribaldo, University of Bologna (

Marco Marzano, University of Bergamo (

Cristina Mattiucci, University of Trento (

Gianmarco Navarini, University of Milano Bicocca (

Francesca Pasquali, University of Bergamo (

Domenico Perrotta, University of Bergamo (

Federico Rahola, University of Genova (


How to Submit

To submit your proposal please send an e-mail to the convenor/s of the session of your choice and to the conference committee (, indicating the title of the chosen session. Please send:

  • the title of your talk and an abstract of maximum 1000 words (.doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf);
  • your contact details (full name, e-mail, post address and affiliation) and those of your co-author/s, if any;
  •  if you like (we would like!), a short videotalk (2 min. max.), not necessarily a piece of what your proposed talk would be, but a sort of teaser trailer for it, and a piece of you too (by sending the video, you thereby allow the organizing committee to upload the video at its discretion, in full or cut form, on the youtube channel of Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa:

Abstracts (and video talks) must be submitted in English. The official languages of the conference, however, are Italian, English, and French; for each session, languages will be used depending on the participants composition.

NEW DEADLINE                                                                                                                        Proposal must be submitted by January 15, 2018. January 22, 2018

Acceptance of proposals will be notified by March 12, 2018. March 19, 2018, given the extension of the submission deadline.

Contributors must register by April 30, 2018 (NEW DEADLINE) to be included in the program.

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Accommodation in Bergamo


CentralHostelBG is proud to offer you the opportunity to live a wonderful vacation in Bergamo. For a small price you may stay right in the earth of Bergamo, just few steps far from Via XX Settembre and 3 minutes walking from the Bus/Train station.

Bergamo Youth Hostel is situated in Monterosso, not far from the city center, but at the same time in a green and silent residential area. We are very proud to be a small, but extremely well-kept hostel where everything, starting from the chirping of birds ending with the scent of the flowers that grow both in the garden and on the roof garden is meant to guarantee our guest will feeling at home and relax!



The Hotel and Restaurant “il Sole”, established in 1796, is located in a building dating back to the 13th century in the heart of historic Bergamo Alta and facing Piazza Vecchia. You will be welcomed into the hotel’s warm and familiar atmosphere, and comfortable rooms. The restaurant conveniently located downstairs serves typical regional dishes.

The Albergo Agnello D’oro is a hotel situated in the heart of the Old Town, close to the University of Bergamo. Address: Via Gombito 22, Bergamo tel. 39 035.249883

The Hotel San Lorenzo is a four star hotel situated in the Old Town city centre. Address:  Piazza Lorenzo Mascheroni 9/A Bergamo tel. 39.035.237383

The Hotel Piazza Vecchia is located in a historical home of the XIV century. It is  situated in the heart of the Old Town, close to the University of Bergamo. The design and renovation was designed by the architect Edoardo Milesi, one of the leading exponents of ecological design and sustainable Italian architecture.

The Hotel Il Gourmet is situated close to the old Venetian walls of St. Vigilio, around a hundred meters from the Old Town city centre. Address: Via S. Vigilio, 1 Bergamo

The Best Western Cappello d’Oro is a four star hotel situated close to Porta Nuova, in the city centre of the modern town. The area is well-connected by the city transports and close to the railway station.

The Arli Hotel is a three star hotel situated close to Porta Nuova, in the city centre of the modern town. The area is well-connected by the city transports and close to the railway station.

The Hotel Città dei Mille is a three star hotel situated close to the highway exit of Bergamo. Address: Via Autostrada 3/C Bergamo tel. 035.317400

The Best Western Hotel Piemontese is a four star hotel located on the main street of the city of Bergamo, a few steps from the new railway station. Address: Piazza Marconi 11, Bergamo

The San Giorgio Bergamo Hotel is a comfortable accommodation for your stay in Bergamo for business and tourism reasons. The hotel is located near the railway station and the bus station, close to the centre of Bergamo.



The B&B ACCADEMIA is a family house in the city center of Bergamo. In Bergamo center, the house is quiet with garden and safe parking car, 10 minute walk to the Città Alta. Address: Via F. Baracca, 3 Bergamo tel. 39 035 211298

Alla Funicolare: situated in the heart of Bergamo, just in front of “the low” Funicular, this B&B has 3 comfortable rooms and 2 baths at the first floor of a Liberty house. The position is ideally located for visiting the Low City and also the historical centre of High City, reachable in 2 minutes with the characteristic Funicular. Address: Via Locatelli 75

Entro Le Mura is a historic house with its own gardens set in a green part of Bergamo’s Città Alta. Piazza Vecchia, the main square, is 100 metres away. Address: via San Lorenzo 26  Bergamo tel. 338 3848911

The B&B Alba is located in the center of the old town, Città Alta, on Via Salvecchio, 2, just on the corner with via Colleoni and few steps from Piazza Vecchia.

The bed and breakfast Botton d’Oro is located in the most ancient and central suburb of Upper Town, in front of the ruins of the Roman Bergamum, near the splendid Piazza Vecchia. Address: Vicolo Aquila Nera, 6/8 Bergamo tel. 39 349 7806584

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