Walking Ethnography and Digital Tools

, updated on
17 July 2021

Course on data management and modeling using ArchEthno software.

The course proposes theoretical, cognitive and digital tools for the edition of materials (texts, sounds and images) recovered from fieldwork including direct encounters with people and places. How to isolate units from an ethnographic diary? How to articulate photographs, printed documents, interviews, with pieces of documentation coming from written, visual and sound notes? How to select them and classify this mass of heterogeneous materials? How to raise a scientific question from their attentive study? How to respect privacy, how to avoid defaming, vis-à-vis ethnographers and observed people? The course will treat extensively the epistemological and ethic stakes concerning the diffusion of “ethnographic data” and will offer practical issues to each student coming with her own data. For students coming without any experience of fieldwork, the course will rely on materials coming from a collective study conducted in La Souterraine in 2020 and 2021. Students will learn how to use the digital tool named ArchEthno2020.

Acquired Skills: Knowing how to use a data management plan, how to respect data copyright, how to cite ethnographic data produced by others researchers, either within or outside a research team. How to give back research results to people we met, how to articulate ethnographic and statistical data.


Practical information

  • Attachment : ENS-PSL.
  • Course open to PDI and SocStat masters
  • Public: M1, M2
  • Courses taught in French 
  • Prerequisite: have a survey project and a field opportunity
  • 3 ECTS credits delivered
  • Course validated as part of the ENS Diploma 
  • November 15 to 19, 2021: 8 sessions during one week, Monday to Friday 9:00-12:00, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 14:00-17:00
  • Location of the course: Jourdan (room to come)
  • Validation modalities: continuous assessment.