This issue of AJEC is dedicated to presenting ongoing and recent innovative ethnographic work on Europe. Prompted by relentless social, political and cultural reconfigurations 'on the ground', the issue seeks to explore the challenges that these pose to ethnographic fundamentals. In doing so, it takes a broad and inclusive approach to what constitutes ethnography, considering questions of theory and practice in and beyond the field, and provocatively reflecting on what constitutes 'the field' itself.
Fundamentals that are put under the Spotlight in the volume are: place and space, history and time, disciplinarity, relationships between ethnographic and other sites and modes of expertise, and forms of representation and reception. All of these, as we show, are in a state of movement -, they are all destabilised by ongoing change within the world and within anthropology itself. A challenge for contemporary ethnography is to find ways of working with this flux and the disappearance of pre-existing (if sometimes overstated) categories and boundaries.