Introducing Issue Three


  • Eli Elinoff Victoria University of Wellington
  • Lorena Gibson Victoria University of Wellington
  • Catherine Trundle Victoria University of Wellington



This issue has taken shape within the context of a global pandemic, and despite these challenges it has provided a welcome space to continue our common intellectual work. Our authors hail from around the globe and have each experienced different aspects of this volatility in different ways at different times.  The issue features a special collection entitled Trial by Fire. These essays probe and question the underlying assumptions embedded within the initiatory rites of immersive fieldwork, and the personal consequences and costs that fieldworkers sometimes bear.  This issue also contains two articles on the complex ethics of collaboration, an interview with the authors of a graphic ethnography, as well as an extract of this work. Taken together, the contributions to this third issue of Commoning Ethnography continue to address the journal’s core provocations. They explore the way in which ethnography exceeds the boundaries of the Academy and connects scholarly knowledge to other intellectual and artistic modes of knowing and doing. And they probe the complex ethics and politics of ethnographic knowledge production in innovated ways. 


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