Looking at the market of academic publishing provides some insights of what we, academics, are apparently searching for… Yet what is it we are witnessing? Fresh approaches to the production and sharing of knowledge or their commodification? And why is their such an emphasis on ‘drama’?… Here comes the presentation of a new book series:
Innovative Ethnographies (Routledge book series)
No longer insecure about their aesthetic sensibilities, contemporary ethnographers have expanded upon the established tradition of impressionistic and confessional fieldwork to produce works that not only stimulate the intellect, but that also delight the senses. From visual to reflexive ethnography, from narrative to arts-based inquiry, from hypertext to multi-modal scholarship, and from auto-ethnography to performance ethnography, fieldwork has undergone a revolution in data collection practice and strategies of representation and dissemination. Innovative ethnography is a catalytic field of experimentation and reflection, innovation and revelation, transformation and call to action.
Innovative Ethnographies challenges the boundaries between ethnography and documentary journalism, between the scholarly essay and the novel, between academia and drama. From the use of narrative and drama to the use of reflexivity and pathos, from the contextualization of ethnographic documentation in felt textures of place to the employment of artistic conventions for the sake of good writing, Innovative Ethnographies aims to entertain, enlighten, and educate.
further info on the series here