About UEP

The mission of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project is to continue to develop a community of participant observers who are working in the traditions of DuBois, Park, Thomas, Blumer, Hughes, Drake and Cayton, Gans, Goffman, and Becker, among others. 


Bringing professionals, scholars, and motivated students together in workshops, colloquiums, conferences, and through study, we hope to provide an energetic forum for raising questions and finding new answers. While the promise of sociological fieldwork continually branches outward in new directions with varying philosophical and methodological approaches, we hope that coming together in this way will fortify and guide us as we think about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

UEP runs the weekly Workshop in Urban Ethnography, which focuses on the ethnographic interpretation of urban life and culture. Ongoing projects of participants are presented in a “workshop” format, providing participants with critical feedback as well as the opportunity to learn from and contribute to ethnographic work “in progress.” 

Workshop in Urban Ethnography

•Mondays 11:30a.m.-1:20 p.m. (210 Prospect St, Room 203)

•UEP Workshop Schedule

The ethnographic interpretation of urban life and culture. Conceptual and methodological issues will be discussed. Ongoing projects of participants will be presented in a “workshop” format, thus providing participants with critical feedback as well as the opportunity to learn from and contribute to ethnographic work “in progress.” Selected ethnographic works will be read and assessed. (Course listing: SOCY 630)