Course content

The aim of this course is to deepen and extend knowledge of the ontological, epistemological and axiological underpinnings of Linguistic Ethnography. It expands the participants’ ability to produce nuanced analyses of data using Linguistic Ethnographic frameworks and tools. Students discuss and problematize the affordances and limitations of Linguistic Ethnographic ontologies, epistemologies and axiologies in different interdisciplinary areas, such as security studies, digital studies, and civic communication. They also engage with the implications for LE of recent developments in southern and decolonial theory, and posthuman or ‘more than human’ and new materialist theories. In addition, they present and analyse interactional data and deepen understanding of ethical aspects of linguistic ethnographic research.

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • critically discuss, evaluate and problematize ontological, epistemological and axiological underpinnings of Linguistic Ethnography in interdisciplinary work
  • expand and deepen the ability to design research and analyse data using Linguistic Ethnographic frameworks
  • take account of and discuss ethical aspects of linguistic ethnographic research, particularly those arising from southern and decolonial studies
  • produce and present an analysis of research findings and/or an article or chapter draft within an LE framework

Practical information

Mandatory elements are: completion of all oral and written tasks ahead of each seminar; a research presentation at a doctoral student conference at the end of term; seminar participation.

The examination on the course consists of a draft research article of approximately 4,000 words or a substantial piece of data analysis of equivalent length; a research presentation of the draft article or data analysis at the doctoral student conference at the end of term.

NB. The course is a free-standing continuation of the course Linguistic Ethnography. Previous knowledge or experience of working within LE is strongly recommended as this advanced course takes such knowledge as a starting point. By participating in both courses, the students will develop an in-depth understanding of the relevance of LE to a range of disciplinary areas and recent theoretical developments in the Humanities.

The course is offered online.

Period: 2022-10-20 - 2022-12-16

Course dates (preliminary): Oct 20, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 15–16 2022. (All dates 13.00–16.00)

Language of instruction: English. Discussion papers and written exam questions can be done in both Swedish and English.

Course director: Professor Caroline Kerfoot

Course name in Swedish: Avancerade studier i Lingvistisk Etnografi

The course is offered by The Centre for Research on Bilingualism in collaboration with The Department of Teaching and Learning.