A Hub of Research Excellence

The Manchester Ethnography Network is a centre of excellence for ethnographers of organisation. Exciting ethnographies happening in Manchester and internationally are brought together for discussion and critique in our worldclass seminar programme and collaborative projects at Alliance Manchester Business School.

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Successful Events

Our seminar program has been a tremendous success since our launch in September 2015. With world experts presenting their ethnographies to packed out sessions. Read about upcoming seminars and past events via the drop-down menu above.

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Manchester, a Home of Radical Thinking

Manchester University will be hosting the 12th International Ethnography Symposium this summer, bringing together scholars of ethnography from around the world. Keynote speakers include Bruno Latour and Bill Maurer.

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Tales from the Field – New Dee Estuary Project

Dr. Hannah Knox (UCL Anthropology depatrment) and Dr. Damian O’Doherty (Alliance Manchester Business School) have started a new ethnographic project working with Marco Ferrari (Folder Visual Research Agency). They are interested in exploring how a combination of ethnographic research, data analysis and information design might be deployed to provide insights into what constitutes liveable landscapes under conditions of environmental and economic strain.


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Experimental Ethnography stream ICMS 2017

We would like to announce that two members of the Manchester Ethnography Network – Oz Gore and Sideeq Mohammed – are convening a stream for the 2017 International Critical Management Studies Conference in Liverpool.

‘Experimental Ethnography and the Future of Critique’ will aim to bring together colleagues to develop some of the themes which have become salient through the seminars of this Network since it began last September. We hope colleagues from across our international academic community of ethnographers and ethnographically curious scholars will consider submitting. Find full details of the the stream and submissions here.



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Research Associate position announced

Applicants are sought for a Post Doctoral Research Associate to work on a project funded by an Endowment from BNFL, directed by Professor Penny Harvey in the Department of Social Anthropology and Dr Damian O’Doherty from the Alliance Manchester Business School. The post will start January 1st 2017 and will involve close collaboration with Professor Francis Livens in the Dalton Nuclear Institute. The appointment will be made for 5 years, after which the intention is that the Fellow will transfer to an open-ended academic appointment in an appropriate School subject to meeting targets as detailed in the further particulars.


Further details here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AUN832/dalton-research-associate/


Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Penny Harvey

Email: penny.harvey@manchester.ac.uk


Name: Dr Damian O’Doherty

Email: damian.odoherty@mbs.ac.uk


This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the 31st October.

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New Seminar Program announced


Our seminar program for 2016-17 is now available!


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We will be hosting some fantastic colleagues this year who will talk about their unique ethnographies and discuss a broad range of topics, from glabal health, neoliberalism, new economies, doing ethnography and many more! We look forward to seeing you at these seminars through the academic year.




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Nuclear Matters Reading Group

A new reading group on ‘all things nuclear’ will meet for the first time Monday 17th October 2016 – see details below!

The group is run by Penny Harvey (Professor of social anthropology at the University of Manchester) and Dr. Damian O’Doherty (Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies at AMBS).



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Ethnography Workshop: Call for Papers

Submissions are invited for a one day workshop on 23rd November 2016 taking place at the University of Manchester:

“On the Development of Ethnographic Organization Studies: Towards New Objects of Concern”

Sponsored jointly by the journal of Organisation and the Manchester Ethnography Network, the workshop aims to hear about ethnographies that propose ways of tackling the ‘big issues’ that might renew and extend repertoires of political action and intervention.

Applications for discussants would also be very welcome (especially PhD students).

The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2016.

The workshop organisers are Dr. Damian O’Doherty from the University of Manchester, Daniel Neyland from Goldsmiths University of London , and Barbara Czarniawska from the University of Gottenburg.

Please see full details here

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Thanks Oz for solving our Object Problems

A big thanks to Oz Gore for giving an insightful talk on his ‘Regimes of Accountability’ and the problems objects pose, for instance as empirical visions of ´fractured ontologies´ visible in the ethnographic life of his fieldsite, an economic think-tank.

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Insides and Outsides of Ethnography

The Manchester Ethnography Network want to thank Darren Thiel for speaking to us on the inclusion of “macro/outside” perspectives as a core part of the ethnographic narrative – usually concerned with what is “inside” and “micro” as phenomena. We’ll never look at building sites the same way again!


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