The fourth international Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines ( CEAD) 2016: Ethnographic Imaginings: Place, Space, and Time will take place between 15-18 November 2016 . Sponsored by the Association for Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines, the hui will move from the beautiful campus of the University of Waikato in Hamilton in Aotearoa New Zealand to Cape Town, South Africa. The conference will take place in the stunning surrounds of University of Cape Town (UCT) campus. Sessions are housed in the newly opened Centre for African Studies (CAS) Gallery and the Snape Building. Four keynote speakers are confirmed; César A. Cisneros Puebla, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa; Keyan G. Tomaselli, University of Kwazulu-Natal;Jean Clandinin, University of Alberta; and Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
The move to the African continent—and then to South America (Santiago, Chile) in 2018—mark a significant turn towards truly internationalizing the Association and the hui itself. The CEAD itself can provide a touchstone for its delegates, a biannual oasis for intellectual and spiritual replenishment and renewal. Every year seems to get better with this group, and 2014 was no exception. Our keynotes earned standing ovations, and the ACEAD was incorporated as an Aotearoa/NZ Association. The official name is "The International Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Association Incorporated," and all who have been delegates of this hui (2010, 2012, 2014) are de facto members. So, to keep it straight: ACEAD—Association of CEAD (established in 2014); CEAD—conference/hui.
Expand your worldview with CEAD! With us, see the Southern Hemisphere: in 2016, Cape Town, South Africa; in 2018, Santiago, Chile! Make plans now for our prestigious ethnographic conference, with fabulous cutting edge researchers and practitioners delivering intriguing keynotes; intensive pre-conference workshops with world-renowned qualitative researchers; Special Interest groups; and the chance to replenish your researcher's spirit. The CEAD welcomes all forms of engagement in ethnographic disciplinary practice, and aims to stimulate rich intellectual discourse. In the ACEAD Constitution, in fact, this goal is made explicit:
* CEAD recognizes that contemporary ethnography has wide-ranging, shifting interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary manifestations and that those who populate such ethnographic endeavours need forums to disseminate their knowledge, collaborate, and garner encouragement and critique from others. (2014, p. 1)
As a Southern Hemisphere conference, CEAD offers a richness of perspective that is slightly counter to the dominant, hegemonic worldview of many ethnographic pieces; for example, informed by a Kaupapa Māori wordview of “research,” discussions of participant/researcher “ethics” take on a decidedly-richer, more nuanced, view. Broadening our scope to the continent of Africa, we hope that African qualitative researchers will draw upon African indigenous forms of knowledge to enliven, enrich, and inform current dominant, experimental, and emerging forms of the ethnographic project. As always, we expect that researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines of law, anthropology, arts & letters, education, geography, health, management, business, psychology, sociology, cultural, Kaupapa Māori, African Studies, and ethnic and gender studies—and any other discipline where ethnography advances scholarship and public understanding of the way groups and individuals interact and live their lives into being—will seek to share in the rich diversity that this biannual conference and hui provides.