Combining literature and ethnography? An explorative workshop on different styles of writing.

Featuring Katy Gardner, novelist and professor of anthropology, London School of Economics

28.02.2014 | Kristian Lindegaard Svendsen

Dato fre 14 mar
Tid 10:00 15:00
Sted Moesgaard, room 4206 - 125


10.00-10.15: Welcome by Anne Line Dalsgård and Mikkel Rytter

10.15-12.00: Presentation by Katy Gardner, participants are expected to read a precirculated text

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-15.00: Informal workshop, where participants present own writings in which they explore boundaries between ethnography and fiction (please send an email to, if you wish to present something).

Katy Gardner is today Professor of anthropology at LSE. Along her career as an anthropologist Gardner has also been a writer of literature. Or perhaps we should put it vice versa? The fact is that Gardner has combined anthropology and literature in a remarkable and inspiring way, her most prominent literary works probably being the two novels “Songs at the River's Edge: Stories from a Bangladeshi Village" (1997) and "Losing Gemma" (2002). 

At the workshop Gardner will share her thoughts and experiences with writing and we will discuss questions like: How can ethnography flow into literature? What is gained or lost in the process? Does literary writing nourish a different ethnographic awareness? Should researchers try to write more lively or are there good reasons for refraining from such experiments?!
The workshop is open for everyone who is interested in exploring the boundaries between ethnography and fiction. There is room for max. 20 participants. You register by sending an email to

Participants should read circulated texts by Gardner and other participants before the