An oil painting by Juan de Pareja, titled The Calling of San Mateo, in English, or La vocación de San Mateo, in Spanish. It was painted in 1661, and is part of the collection at the Museo de Prado in Madrid. Here is how the Prado describes the painting on its website: "Christ appears in the tax collector’s office and calls on Matthew to follow him. Matthew, depicted raising his right hand to his breast and with a star above his head, would become one of Christ’s most faithful followers and the author of one of the Gospels. Pareja, Velázquez’s former slave, places considerable emphasis on the setting of this work and also includes himself in the composition. He is located on the left, proudly looking out at the viewer and holding in his right hand a piece of paper with his signature."

Source: Juan de Pareja, La vocación de San Mateo

The Contemporary Ethnography and Inequality Workshop advances ethnographic work addressing social, economic, and political inequality. The workshop circulates, appraises, and critically evaluates research presented by leading scholars as well as works-in-progress by graduate students rigorously pursuing ethnographic inquiry and methods. The workshop is open to faculty and students from across the University, from nearby Boston and Cambridge universities, and throughout the country and globe, through our zoom workshop events. While regular attendance is the norm, visitors are welcome. Our workshop is supported by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Anthropology, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We meet approximately twice a month on Thursdays from noon to 1:30 PM EST. 

For the Fall 2022 semester, we are thrilled to announce, as they are confirmed, our workshop presenters:
On September 22, 2022, Shannon Sewards, Director of the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects, Harvard IRB, Harvard University
On October 6, 2022, Sonic Ethnography Workshop with Ernst Karel, Lecturer in Anthropology, Harvard University, Featuring:
      "Feeling 125th Street," by Ria Gyawali, Doctoral Student in Anthropology, Harvard University
      "Scores for Humoral Medicine," by Shireen Hamza, Doctoral Candidate in History of Science, Harvard University
      "An Archeology of Pain and Dreams," by Aaron Benavidez, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University
      "New Jail," by Parker Hatley, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, Harvard University
On October 27, 2022, Gabriella Coleman, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
On November 3, 2022, Armando Lara-Millán, Professor of Sociology, Univerrsity of California, Berkeley
    In co-sponsorship with the Qualitative Working Group, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

On November 10, 2022, Chrystel M. Oloukoï, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
On November 17, 2022, Joanne W. Golann, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University
On December 1, 2022, Karen Ho, Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota

All Zoom invites will be sent through our CEI Workshop mailing list, which can be joined here: To keep our community secure, when joining the mailing list, please feel free to use your university/college-affiliated email address. You can also email Joey Wallerstein, CEI Workshop Coordinator, at for Zoom links.

Note to Harvard University students: Sociology 3327: Contemporary Ethnography and Inequality Workshop is the four-unit workshop course (SAT/UNSAT) for participating in our meetings from 12-1:30 PM. The CEI Workshop is directed by Gabrielle Oliveira, Jorge Paulo Lemann Associate Professor of Education and of Brazil Studies at Harvard University, and David Showalter, Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology (beginning July 2023). The CEI Workshop is also sponsored within the Department of Sociology by Christopher Winship, the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, at Harvard University.