Centre for Experimental Ethnography and Theory (EXPECT) is envisioned to be a cross-disciplinary scholarly network and ethnographic research laboratory hosted by the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, which is also the base of its founder and co-coordinator, Morten Axel Pedersen.
EXPECT aims to mobilize Danish-based and associated international scholars from different institutional backgrounds, who share a commitment to experimenting with ethnography as a unique source of insight into the nature of human lives in diverse social, cultural, and material settings, and in so doing discover new horizons for anthropological theorization.
At the heart of EXPECT is the notion that ethnography and theory are not separate domains and activities, but co-constitutive aspects of a single reality, which ethnographers in their research partake in on par with the people they study.
Accordingly, “the experimental” – understood in the dual sense of controlled scientific experiments and uncontrolled cultural experimentations – defines both EXPECT’s central method and its ambitious aspiration, which is to facilitate the re-centering of anthropology into its natural role as the collaborative hinge between the social sciences, the arts, and the natural sciences.
EXPECT will be launched in mid-2014 prior to a big international workshop on Ethnographic Experimentation sponsored by the Distortion and Experiments and Exhibitions grants.