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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 defined by neither 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.


Those interested in submitting to the series should email a CV, two-page synopsis of their book (limit 1,000 words), Table of Contents, draft Introduction, and a sample chapter (if available) to the series editor no later than June 1, 2022, to

Three to five finalists will be selected and notified by August 1. The selection process will be based on the ability to present provocative ethnographic material that advances a clear argument, demonstrates analytical rigor, and conveys thematic urgency.

The finalists will participate in a series workshop at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, where they will workshop their manuscripts with other participants, the series editor, and the press editor. Rigorous engagement shall be paramount. Manuscripts then go through the University of California Press’s standard review and approval process. Authors will also be invited to speak at the University of Toronto.


Kevin Lewis O’Neill is Professor and Director of the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.
Kate Marshall is the anthropology editor at University of California Press.

2016 Workshop

Jacob Doherty, University of Edinburgh
Jatin Dua, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Anthony W. Fontes, American University
Kathryn Mariner, University of Rochester

2017 Workshop

Sarah Besky, Cornell University
Nomi Stone, University of Texas at Dallas
Christien Tompkins, Rutgers University

2018 Workshop

Lauren Coyle Rosen, Princeton University
Laurie Denyer Willis, University of Edinburgh
Namita Vijay Dharia, Rhode Island School of Design
Marina Andrea Welker, Cornell University

2019 Workshop

Peter Benson,Washington University
Darcie DeAngelo, University of Oklahoma
Erica C. James, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Emrah Yildiz, Northwestern University

2020 Workshop

Sahana Ghosh, National University of Singapore
Alix Johnson, University of Florida
Keisha-Khan Perry, University of Pennsylvania
Kaya Williams, Harvard University

2021 Workshop

Alessandro Angelini, Johns Hopkins University
Tracie Canada, University Notre Dame
Duana Fullwiley, Stanford University

2022 Workshop

Amiel Bize, Cornell University
Michael Edwards, University of Cambridge
Charline Kopf, University of Oslo
Nestór Silva, Stanford University

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