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14th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference at UIC: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dear Grads,
Please consider submitting your qualitative-based research to the 14th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference which will be held at UIC on Saturday, April 14, 2012. This year’s conference is sponsored by the UIC Department of Sociology. It is held yearly in Chicago and organized by, and geared toward, graduate students. It is a supportive atmosphere and a great opportunity to present and get feedback on completed works and works in progress. Qualitative-based research (fieldwork, observations, interviews, document analyses, etc…) are welcomed from students in ALL departments and areas.

14th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference
Call for Abstracts

The Sociology department at the University of Illinois at Chicago is proud
to host the 14th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference. This is an annual
graduate student conference hosted by one of several Chicago-based
Sociology departments, including Northwestern, the University of Chicago,
DePaul, Loyola, Notre Dame, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Northern
Illinois University. It provides a venue through which graduate students
can share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback
from faculty based in the Chicago area.

This year’s conference will be held at Student Center East (SCE) on the
University of Illinois at Chicago campus on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Students in all academic disciplines are invited to present their original
ethnographic research. Papers can be based on a variety of ethnographic
methods, including but not limited to: field observation, in-depth
interviews, focus group interviews, autoethnography, visual ethnography,
and other forms of qualitative research. Papers in all substantive areas
are welcome. In the past, presentation topics have included culture,
class, crime, education, ethnicity, gender, family, globalization, health
and illness, immigration, medicine, methodology, performance ethnography,
race, religion, sexualities, social movements, technology, urban poverty,
and work and employment.

The theme of this year’s conference is Public Sociology. In addition to
the above noted topics, graduate students are encouraged to submit papers
that utilize participatory research methods, engage in policy-relevant
scholarship, and/or attempt to utilize ethnographic methods to speak to a
broader public about socially and politically relevant topics.

Speakers: The two plenary speakers will be Hector Carrillo and Alford
Young Jr.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Northwestern
University, Hector Carrillo is the author of The Night Is Young: Sexuality
in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002).
Carrillo is currently studying the intersections of sexuality, migration,
and heath, especially in relation to the incorporation of migrant
populations into U.S. life and society. He currently investigates the
phenomenon of “sexual migration” and its relation to HIV risk among
Mexican gay and bisexual male immigrants.

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Department Chair at the University of
Michigan Department of Sociology, Alford A. Young Jr. has pursued research
on low-income, urban-based African Americans, employees at an automobile
manufacturing plant, African American scholars and intellectuals, and the
classroom-based experiences of higher-education faculty as they pertain to
diversity and multiculturalism. His objective in research on low-income
African American men, his primary area of research, has been to argue for
a renewed cultural sociology of the African American urban poor.
Essentially, he argues that behavior is not solely produced and regulated
by values and norms, but is also affected by the beliefs, worldviews, and
personal ideologies that people construct, adapt, and/or employ in forming
what are, for them, common-sense understandings of social reality.

Paper Submissions: To submit papers, please complete the online submission
form available on the conference website at The online submission form asks for
an extended abstract with a minimum of 500 words.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 31, 2012. All presenters
will be notified of acceptance by Monday, February 20, 2012. Participants
will be asked to submit their full papers to the conference committee by
Thursday, March 15, 2012.


The Image of Research Exhibit Competition: Deadline Extended to Tuesday, January 31

Dear Grads,
The deadline for the Image of Research Exhibit Competition has been extended to Tuesday, January 31. Please consider submitting.
The Image of Research Exhibit Competition

A picture is worth a thousand words…

The Graduate College and the University Library are pleased to announce UIC’s fifth annual interdisciplinary exhibit competition, The Image of Research. This is a multi-disciplinary competition open to any student enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at UIC for the 2011-2012 academic year. Between November 14, 2011 and January 23, 2012, graduate and professional students are invited to submit an image with aesthetic appeal that the student created as part of her/his research.

A multi-disciplinary jury will review submissions and award prizes to the winning entries. Images will be judged on originality, relationship to the student’s research at UIC, and overall impact. An exhibit of the winners will be on display in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of Health Sciences. Winning entries will become part of the University Archives and will remain in an online gallery on the Graduate College website and in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) database.

1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $200
Honorable Mentions: $100
Competition Guidelines:

1. Only one entry per person or collaborative group.

2. Submission must be an image that was generated as part of the student’s research within their graduate program at UIC.

3. Entrant(s) must be principal creator(s) of image. Collaborative submissions are encouraged.

4. Submissions will be accepted beginning November 14, 2011 until January 23, 2012.

5. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.

Submission Process:

1. Download entry form, fill it out and save the Word document with a file name consisting of your last name and the name of your program with no spaces in between. E.g. JonesArtHistory.doc.

2. Select one image that you think provides the best visual documentation of your research, and save it with a file name consisting of your last name and the name of your program with no spaces in between. E.g. JonesArtHistory.tiff. This file must be in TIFF format at 300 PPI with the longest side of the image measuring at least 10.25 inches (or pixel dimensions of 3000 x 2300 pixels).

3. Send your completed entry form + image by uploading through this link.

Questions or comments can be emailed to imageofresearchuicedu. Visit to see last year’s winning entries.