About EDTT

The Ethical and Deontological Think Tank (EDTT) was created at the General Assembly of the Swiss Ethnological Society (SES) in 2008. Its first task was to consider the desirability of a proper ethical code for the SES. However, the EDTT assumes that the ethical question is closely related to the research process and thus opted rather for the statement of an ethical position. This statement was accepted at the General Assembly of the SES, on June 5th the same year.

The EDTT wishes to encourage the exchange of experiences, discussion and collective reflection and has therefore issued a call for papers, inviting researchers to take part by submitting either a case discussion or a commentary on a case study. Based on focused research examples, these case discussions should on the one hand present the ethical issues faced by researchers at various «moments» of the research, and on the other hand contribute to reflection on what led them to choose a particular solution. In publishing these case discussions, the EDTT does not seek to set itself up as a «judge» or «guarantor» of an ethics of anthropology. Rather, the aim is to to document, in an educational and reflexive way, the place of ethics in the various «moments» of the research process and to show how ethics can be concretely integrated into the reality of fieldwork.

Members of the EDTT (01.03.2020)

  • Marc-Antoine Berthod
  • Sylvain Besençon
  • Nolwenn Bühler
  • Jérémie Forney
  • Paola Juan
  • Anne Lavanchy
  • Julie Perrin
  • Wiebke Wiesigel (coordination)

Former members of the EDTT

  • Laurence Ossipow
  • Sabine Kradolfer
  • Andreas von Känel
  • Juliane Neuhaus
  • Yannis Papadaniel


Wiebke Wiesigel