Wechat Ethnography, New Practices and Limits of an Emerging Research Method

Wechat Ethnography, New Practices and Limits of an Emerging Research Method

07.10.2022 09:00 – 17:00

As more and more social practices take place online, scholars have also changed their ways to conduct research, disrupting the traditional methods of social sciences. Indeed, online ethnography has evolved into an increasingly popular research method In the context of conducting research in China or with Chinese, reinforced by the Covid-19 situation and a limited access to the fieldwork, the use of WeChat has become critical. However, this platform may be both promising and constraining and requires methodological and ethical reflections on how to operationalize “WeChat ethnography”: May we use or reproduce a private chat conversation to support an academic argument? How to deal with pseudonyms and identity markers to protect the participants? Whose permission should we seek for the publication of an image publicly shared online? How to credit users for their creations while respecting their privacy? How to deal with the respondents’ intimacy?


Bâtiment: Villa Rive-Belle (bâtiment principal)

266, route de Lausanne, 1292 Chambésy

Organisé par

Faculté des sciences de la société
Institut Confucius

entrée libre (inscription requise)


Catégorie: Colloque

Mots clés: wechat, China, ethnography


Date limite d'inscription: 04.10.2022

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WeChat Ethnography New Conference Abstracts.pdf277 Kb
WeChat EthnographyProgram Part I.pdf20.3 Kb