Computational ethnography: a case of COVID-19’s methodological consequences

Anders K. Munk, Brit Ross Winthereik

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Reflecting on a methodological experiment, we discuss the use of computational techniques in anthropology. The experiment was based on a collaborative effort by a team of ethnographers to produce an archive on the digitalisation of everyday life that took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. We describe how online ethnographic data collection took place using digitally mediated interviews, participant observation in virtual events, and mobile ethnography. We analyse the consequences of online ethnography for establishing rapport and present steps taken to create an infrastructure for navigating ethnographic material comprising more than 3000 pages of text generated by multiple ethnographers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook for the Anthropology of Technology
EditorsMaja Hoejer Bruun, Cathrine Hasse, Klaus Hoeyer, Ayo Wahlberg, Rachel Douglas-Jones, Dorte Brogaard Kristensen, Brit Ross Winthereik
Number of pages14
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date24 Mar 2022
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-7083-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-7084-8
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2022


  • Digital anthropology
  • Online ethnography
  • Collaboration
  • methods
  • Experiment in infrastructure


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