Call For Papers

Dear Colleagues,

Having taken a stand on the ethical question in empirical research, the Ethical and Deontological Think Tank (EDTT) of the Swiss Ethnological Society (SEG/SSE) wishes to pursue the debate and offer researchers the opportunity to take part by contributing case discussions. Published on the website of the journal Tsantsa, these case discussions are intended to document ethical issues as they have arisen concretely for researchers in the course of their research. The author can thus set out the type of answers she/he would have given and explain the choices and reasoning that led her/him to them.

For each case discussion published, the EDTT will also publish the commentary of at least one other author. Far from wishing to set themselves up as «judges» or «guardians» of ethics, and without moralizing in any way, the members of the EDTT wish in this way to encourage the exchange of experiences, discussion and collective reflection. This is an invitation to reflect on the various «moments» of research and the issues they raise, with a view to learning and increasing self-awareness. The aim is thus to illustrate the diversity of responses that ethnologists make to ethical dilemmas, in various ethnographic and research contexts, and to show that the common questions of ethics are met with a wide range of responses which reflect the particular epistemological space of the social sciences.

Contributions may be made in French, German or English and should focus on a particular moment of research, such as:

  • fieldwork (from preparation to «coming home», including the actual survey),
  • the presentation of the results to the various interlocutors,
  • teaching,
  • publication and archiving.

Priority will be given to contributions that underscore not only the specificity of the ethical question from the point of view of the researcher vis-à-vis other institutions, but above all the way in which each research context requires the negotiation of responses adapted to the specific interlocutors. The commentaries that will follow them will aim to stimulate discussion and reflection in a spirit of constructiveness and openness. Rather than offering a textual critique, they will contribute to pursuing the debate around one or more questions related to the ethics and deontology of anthropological practice. To do this, the commentator may start from her/his own research experience or develop more theoretical and general aspects of ethics in the social sciences.

We invite you to send us your contribution of 8,000 to 10,000 characters maximum (including spaces) with an abstract of 1,500 characters (including spaces) or your proposed commentary of 6,000 to 10,000 characters maximum (including spaces), explicitly mentioning the contribution discussed, at any time, to the following address: