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Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century

Atelier: French. noun. ate·lier (a-təl-ˈyā): workshop; an artist’s or designer’s studio.

This book series in anthropology takes a ground-up approach to the acquisition and publication of new ethnographic works. The aim is to set the conditions for collaboration at each stage of a book’s development, from the earliest draft through publication. Rather than considering only those manuscripts in their finished state, this series sets out to curate a cohort of scholars committed to the idea that ethnographic writing is itself a form of intellectual work. 

An Atelier book sets itself apart in at least two ways. The first is by addressing the problems and possibilities of ethnographic inquiry in the twenty-first century. These include the matter of evidence, conceptual reach, and thematic urgency, as well as narrative voice and analytical innovation. Atelier is neither defined by a particular region nor any of anthropology’s four fields, but rather by a commitment to the art of ethnography. The second is by participating in a sociality of sustained, critical reflection. The aim of this series is to generate a group of scholars from all career stages working together towards the completion of each author’s respective book project.


Kevin Lewis O’Neill is a Professor at the University of Toronto. 

Kate Marshall is an editor at the University of California Press.


2016 Workshop

Jacob Doherty, Wesleyan University

Jatin Dua, University of Michigan

Anthony W. Fontes, American University

Kathryn Mariner, University of Rochester


2017 Workshop

Sarah Besky, Brown University

Nomi Stone, Princeton University

Christien Tompkins, Rutgers University

2018 Workshop

Lauren Coyle Rosen, Princeton University

Laurie Denyer Willis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Namita Vijay Dharia, Rhode Island School of Design

Marina Andrea Welker, Cornell University

2019 Workshop

Peter Benson,Washington University

Darcie DeAngelo, College of the Holy Cross

Erica C. James, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emrah Yildiz, Northwestern University

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