In this virtual workshop, we will learn how to amass, organize, and analyze personalized archives of "grey literature" in preparation for undertaking ethnographic fieldwork projects. Grey literature is defined as "[t]hat which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers" (Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature,1999). Most government agencies, corporations, advocacy groups, think tanks, and civil society organizations publish vast amounts of grey literature online, requiring no special access or formal public records requests. Molldrem will describe how amassing, organizing, and analyzing grey literature produced by stakeholder institutions in specific areas of policy can help ethnographers and other researchers better understand power dynamics in specific areas of policy and governance, thus developing a rich knowledge-base to inform future immersive fieldwork. He will discuss methods for studying grey literature, the benefits and limitations of using grey literature as primary data, and will then conduct a demonstration where he models several grey literature archiving, organization, and annotation practices.   

To register, please email Olga Dunaevsky, odunaevs@uci.edu. A  Zoom link will be provided prior to the event for confirmed registrants.

 

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