Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in New York City

12th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods

Session 1 (two-week course): July 22 to August 1, 2019, morning classes – FULL

Session 2 (one-week course): July 22 to 27, 2019, afternoon classes – OPEN

The CIFAS course was one of the few that I felt really complemented my studies in anthropology. Before the class, I really had no idea about conducting actual fieldwork. I’ve even encouraged others to take it this year as it’s really worth the money and time.Joan Jocson, MA candidate, Hunter College

I wish this class was longer than 10 days or all day long. It is so great. I am going to recommend it to my program director for any students interested in using ethnography.Susan O’Hara Sullivan, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 12th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, in New York City.

The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs. The Field School is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences and other fields of study that use qualitative approaches (such as education, communication, cultural studies, health, social work, human ecology, development studies, consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications.


    • Foundations of ethnographic research
    • Theory and practice: social theories in the field
    • Research design
    • Data collection techniques
    • Planning the logistics of field research
    • Ethnography in specific fields of activity (applied social sciences, health, social service, environmental studies, public policy design, business, and others)
    • Principles of organization and indexation of field data
    • Analyzing field data; qualitative analysis software packages: basic principles
    • Field trip: Thunderbirds’ 41st Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow, Queens Farm Museum

The total work load of the course is 30 hours for the two-week version, and 18 hours for the one-week option. Students interested in earning credits for the course may have additional assignments in order to totalize 45 hours of activities (what is equivalent to 3 credits) – available only for the two-week session.

Course venue: Classes will take place at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University.


Renzo Taddei (Assistant Professor, Federal University of São Paulo/Affiliated Researcher, Columbia University). CV: Click Here

Lambros Comitas (Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University). CV: Click Here

Registration and other costs:

Places are limited. The tuition fee is US$ 900 (session one)/US$ 500 (session two). The tuition fee does not cover accommodation, meals or transportation. Registration should be completed online here.

 Other information:

Insurance: Participants are required to have travel insurance that covers medical and repatriation costs (for international students). Proof of purchase of travel insurance must be presented at the first day of activities.

For more information, please write to Renzo Taddei at

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